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Re: [WCAG2] i18n comment 2: Primary natural language

From: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2007 10:02:33 +0100
To: <public-comments-wcag20@w3.org>, <public-i18n-core@w3.org>
Message-ID: <006801c7a819$6bc01e30$6401a8c0@rishida>

> Comment 2:
> 
> Source: http://www.w3.org/mid/20060627174721.BB9AE4EEC9@homer.w3.org
> (Issue ID: LC-1371)
> 
> Comment from the i18n review of:
> http://www.w3.org/TR/2006/WD-WCAG20-20060427/
> 
> Comment 2
> At http://www.w3.org/International/reviews/0606-wcag2/
> Editorial/substantive: S/E
> Owner: RI
> 
> Location in reviewed document:
> Guideline 3.1
> 
> Comment:
> The term 'primary' is used here in a different way than currently used 
> in i18n documents. We use 'primary language'
> to meanthe intended audience of the document - as specified in the 
> HTTP header or the meta statement. Our equivalent for your term 
> 'primary language' wouldbe 'default text-processing language', based 
> on the associated explanations. This is what is expressed via the 
> language attribute(s) on the html element. (Note that we are currently 
> considering options for replacing the term 'primary language' with 
> something less ambiguous and moreaccurate.)
> 
> 
> For a summary of our current usage see
> http://www.w3.org/TR/i18n-html-tech-lang/#ri20040808.100519373
> [http://www.w3.org/TR/i18n-html-tech-lang/#ri20040808.100519373]
> 
> 
> We believe that what is necessary for accessibility is identification 
> of the text-processing language - ie. so that text-to-speech systems 
> know what language they are dealing with.
> 
> 
> We suggest that you say "The natural language or languages of the Web 
> unit..."
> 
> ----------------------------
> Response from Working Group:
> ----------------------------
> 
> We have revised our terminology to "default human language". 
> We have changed the use of this term in both the guidelines and 
> techniques.

Thank you. The i18n Core WG is satisfied by this.

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