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RE: ISSUE-88 / Re: what's the language of a document ?

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2010 02:33:26 +0000 (UTC)
To: CE Whitehead <cewcathar@hotmail.com>
Cc: www-international@w3.org, public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.1003110232090.21367@ps20323.dreamhostps.com>
On Wed, 10 Mar 2010, CE Whitehead wrote:
> A use case we've discussed I believe is that of language learning 
> materials, where discussion is in one language but the target language 
> is quite another language. This is one of the many cases where multiple 
> languages need to be specified (another would be a document say in Old 
> French with discussion in modern French targeting speakers of modern 
> French who can also read Old French)--I think we've mentioned a number 
> of these here too in the past.

Why do the languages _need_ to be specified? What does it do?

> So don't change the meta element inside the document at least (I have so 
> many pages where I've listed several languages in that element).

What benefit have you derived from listing those languages?

To put it another way, what is the problem solved by specifying multiple 
languages in the Content-Language <meta> pragma?

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