Re: what's the language of a document ?

Henri Sivonen scripsit:

> Moreover, making validators emit a message (of any kind) about the
> absence of a language declaration is likely to lead to authoring tools
> putting in a placeholder in order to silence validators. As a result,
> at least "en" and "en-US" can often be taken to mean "placeholder".

Quite so.  Google, at least, explicitly disregards "en"-based language
tags when determining the language of a web page for search purposes.
Other language tags are accepted as evidence, but are not treated as

John Cowan
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Received on Monday, 8 February 2010 17:02:14 UTC