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[Bug 9417] Make the algorithm treat an empty META content-language and an empty lang="" the same way.

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Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2010 03:20:15 +0000
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Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> changed:

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

--- Comment #12 from Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>  2010-04-14 03:24:10 ---
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Status: Rejected
Change Description: no spec change

I seriously think you are far overthinking this. Sure, there are some minor
interop issues today with lang="" in some browsers, but it doesn't make that
much of a practical difference. Sure, some people are going to forget to update
the language, but they could do that with any way of setting the language, the
pragma isn't any safer than lang="...". Just use lang="..." and be done with

If your document is in English, say lang="en".
If your document is in French, say lang="fr".
If you don't know what language your document is in, then look at it, then
you'll know.
If you're writing a template and you need somewhere for the author to put in
the language, then again, use the lang="..." attribute and set it to whatever
the user tells you the language is.
If you don't know the language at all, then don't set the language anywhere.

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