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Re: what's the language of a document ?

From: Martin J. Dürst <duerst@it.aoyama.ac.jp>
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2009 16:21:59 +0900
Message-ID: <4AE69F97.6090701@it.aoyama.ac.jp>
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
CC: Tex Texin <textexin@xencraft.com>, "'Divya Manian'" <divya.manian@gmail.com>, "'Martin Kliehm'" <martin.kliehm@namics.com>, "'John Cowan'" <cowan@ccil.org>, public-html@w3.org, www-international@w3.org
On 2009/10/27 14:14, Ian Hickson wrote:

> It's not that the default is monolingual, so much as the model used by
> HTML has a single langauge per Element node. HTML itself supports multiple
> languages, but not in the vague "there are multiple languages present"
> sense, only at the specific per-element level. This is compatible with all
> the systems I'm aware of except HTTP. For example, RDF only supports one
> language per text literal,

Yes. It is however also possible (not necessarily as easy as it should 
have been) to use an XML literal in RDF, however, in which case the 
whole literal can contain text from multiple languages.

Regards,   Martin.

#-# Martin J. Dürst, Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University
#-# http://www.sw.it.aoyama.ac.jp   mailto:duerst@it.aoyama.ac.jp
Received on Tuesday, 27 October 2009 07:22:49 UTC

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