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[Bug 10661] use an ISO 639-2 specified language for HTML5 documents

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Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2010 17:36:19 +0000
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Gregory J. Rosmaita <oedipus@hicom.net> changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
             Status|RESOLVED                    |REOPENED
         Resolution|WONTFIX                     |

--- Comment #10 from Gregory J. Rosmaita <oedipus@hicom.net> 2010-09-30 17:36:18 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #9)
> Still no new information added since the last resolution.

in the w3c manual of style, it is written:

in section 11.2 "Spelling" [http://www.w3.org/2001/06/manual/#Parts]
# Spell-check using a U.S. English dictionary. Append ",spell" to a
W3C URI to invoke W3C's spell checker.
# Free dictionaries are also available on the Ispell home page [ISPELL]
for UNIX and the Excalibur home page [EXCAL] for Mac OS.
# W3C uses Merriam-Webster's CollegiateŽ Dictionary, 10th Edition [M-W],
on the Web as the spelling arbiter because it is free, on-line, and
available to every technical report author and editor. If a word does
not appear there, use the American HeritageŽ Dictionary, 4th Edition
[AH]. Other dictionaries are used as needed (for example, Random House
and Webster's unabridged, Oxford and Oxford Concise).
# W3C uses U.S. English (e.g., "standardise" should read "standardize"
and "behaviour" should read "behavior").

and in section 11.9 "Markup" [http://www.w3.org/2001/06/manual/#Markup]

* Give each page lang="en-US" on the html element for HTML, or
xml:lang="en-US" lang="en-US" on the html element for XHTML 1.0.
* Use the span element and lang and xml:lang attributes for
language changes within a page.

yes, the style guide contains recommendations, not requirements, but i do 
find it compelling to this discussion, though, that the document simply 
states, "W3C uses U.S. English"

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