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Re: RDFa, XHTML1.1 and @lang (via Twitter)

From: Shane McCarron <shane@aptest.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Mar 2009 21:41:38 -0500
Message-ID: <49BB1962.6070406@aptest.com>
To: Mark Birbeck <mark.birbeck@webbackplane.com>
CC: Toby A Inkster <tai@g5n.co.uk>, Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>, RDFa <public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf@w3.org>
Well.... I guess I could go review the REC but in my opinion there is no 
room to interpret anything other than xml:lang as defining the language 
for a literal.  If there *were* any room for this, it would be possible 
for different implementations to produce different triples from the same 
source document.  That would be disastrous.  Unless I am missing something.

Mark Birbeck wrote:
> Hi Toby,
>> Note the phrase "*any* language information". The document then goes on to
>> say that language information *can* be provided using xml:lang, but it
>> doesn't say that other sources of language information cannot be explored.
>> I don't know whether this flexibility was intentional, but it is certainly
>> present in the syntax document. Similar language is employed where it talks
>> about parsing the element for URI mappings.
> Yes...indeed. :)
> Unfortunately (in my opinion), there was pressure to restrict the spec
> to *only* RDFa and XHTML, which means that there are weasle words
> around things like base and lang.
> Regards,
> Mark

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