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Re: Validator problems

From: Masayasu Ishikawa <mimasa@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2001 00:58:45 +0900
To: kroll_@yahoo.com
Cc: www-validator@w3c.org, w3c-translators@w3c.org
Message-Id: <20010112005845J.mimasa@w3.mag.keio.ac.jp>
[ Note: The former part of this message would be more appropriate for
  the www-validator list rather than the w3c-translators list, so I'm
  moving to www-validator ]

Croll <kroll_@yahoo.com> wrote:

> You stand for the Web internationalization, but how
> can it be reached, if no support for my language is
> available?
> For example, I tried to validate my page (it was in
> russian and the lang and xml:lang attributes were "ru"
> which satnded for Russian)
> but the validator said to me it is an "invalid
> language"! Is it?

Could you show us which page you were trying to validate?

Although internationalization/multilingualization/localization support
in the validator is still rather weak, I don't think "language" is
that relevant, as far as SGML/XML validation is concerned.  At least,
the validator doesn't check the validity of language codes, as far as
I know.

Character encoding would be more relevant to perform the correct
validation, and I suppose the validator can validate documents
encoded in ISO-8859-5 (by chance), but will not work well with
documents encoded in KOI8-R, windows-1251 or KOI8-U.  Which
character encoding are you using for your page?

"Add support for more character encodings" is among the to-do list
for the validator, and I hope this will be improved soon (as some
people have already provided patches for this ...).

  cf. http://validator.w3.org/todo.html

Masayasu Ishikawa / mimasa@w3.org
W3C - World Wide Web Consortium
Received on Thursday, 11 January 2001 10:58:03 UTC

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