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From: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004 14:59:03 -0000
To: "'Karl Dubost'" <karl@w3.org>
Cc: <elm@east.sun.com>, "'Norman Walsh'" <ndw@nwalsh.com>, <spec-prod@w3.org>
Message-Id: <20041214145856.BDEBA4F689@homer.w3.org>


The mail below points to some extensions added to XMLSpec by GEO (see the
tables in particular). Some parts (especially the structural elements
section) may be slightly out of date now, but others contain some basic i18n


[1] I would prefer to replace the bdo element with two values for the dir
attribute (rlo and lro), a la XHTML 2.0

[2] the rearrangement of the tags related to images was done to prevent
'alt' text being an attribute value - we should always try to avoid using
natural/translatable text in attributes for i18n reasons

[3] I didn't follow the logic in [3] when defining my abbr tag - the
@expansion attribute would be better as an embedded element, so that the
expanded version of the abbreviation/acronym can be tagged with bidi markup,
language etc.

The latest version of the DTD we use is at

The latest XSLT stylesheet we use (that imports and overwrites parts of a
canonical version) is at
http://www.w3.org/International/geo/html-tech/xmlspec-tech.xsl  This outputs
XHTML 1.0, in utf-8, but does produce some spurious xmlns attributes that we
need to clean up later using a script. We also have to ensure that XHTML
Appendix C rules are applied properly using scripts.

See also
d-pentities.html (may be slightly out of date).

Hope that helps,

Richard Ishida

contact info:

W3C Internationalization:

Publication blog:

-----Original Message-----
From: i18n-editor-request@w3.org [mailto:i18n-editor-request@w3.org] On
Behalf Of Richard Ishida
Sent: 10 February 2003 19:14
To: spec-prod@w3.org
Cc: Editor; 'C. M. Sperberg-McQueen'; 'Liam Quin'
Subject: I18N Activity modifications to xmlspec dtd

Dear spec-prod people,

Please find enclosed a link [1]  to an initial version of documentation
describing modifications to the xmlspec dtd as used by the w3c i18n
Activity.  The document relates specifically to the (just started) work of
the i18n GEO task force in developing guidelines (well, techniques
really) for internationalisation.  The additions outlined, however, are
built on additions made for use in the Character Model document [2]
developed by the i18n Core TF.

The section entitled 'Structural elements' is quite specific to the
development of i18n techniques documents (and will evolve over coming
weeks/months), but the other sections of the documentation contain
modifications to xmlspec that may well prove to be of wider use to the
spec-prod community.  

I hope you find this useful.  Please treat as work in progress.  Helpful
advice welcome.


[2] http://www.w3.org/International/Group/charmod-edit/Overview.xml and 
     http://www.w3.org/International/Group/charmod-edit/ (html version)

Richard Ishida

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http://www.w3.org/International/ http://www.w3.org/People/Ishida/
Received on Tuesday, 14 December 2004 14:59:02 UTC

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