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RE: Translation control in HTML5

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 21:03:18 +0000 (UTC)
To: Chris Wilson <Chris.Wilson@microsoft.com>
Cc: "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>, Chris Wendt <Chris.Wendt@microsoft.com>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0807312101290.3295@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Thu, 31 Jul 2008, Chris Wilson wrote:
> >
> >How about a new keyword for "lang", instead, which means "not 
> >translatable" or some such? lang="computer-code" or something.
> That could be done, although in some of the scenarios (like trademarks 
> or industry terms, or addresses), I'm not sure if the original language 
> is still actually interesting (since you'd have to replace it with the 
> "untranslatable" one.  The logic is really a bit, somehow, on lang.

Yeah... maybe the syntax of lang="" should be extended, with a prefix or 
suffix keyword that means "this is not translatable, but is based on this 
language"? e.g. lang="en-US" vs lang="only en-US"?

This has the added advantage of automatically disabling translation on any 
system that already supports lang="" properly.

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