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Re: Goals of HTML (and XML)? (was Re: Foreign Words and Phrases..) (fwd)

From: Martin J. Dürst <mduerst@ifi.unizh.ch>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 13:14:00 +0200 (MET DST)
To: Jukka Korpela <jkorpela@cc.hut.fi>
cc: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.96.970926112018.361Z-100000@enoshima>
On Fri, 26 Sep 1997, Jukka Korpela wrote:

> On Thu, 25 Sep 1997, MegaZone wrote:

> > I don't see why <SPAN> with a LANG attribute DIFFERENT from the document
> > default LANG is not enough to implicitly imply this.
> 
> (Nit-picking: how would you handle English text within some German text
> in a document with English as default language.)

>   the plural of <span lang="en">ox</span> is <span lang="en">oxen</span>
> ?

Well, for examlpe (sic!):

the plural of <span lang="en" class="example">ox</span>
is <span lang="en" class="example">oxen</span>

Or you could use <EM>, because the examples are "something special".


> The lang attribute should _only_ define the language used in a part
> of a document. It should not imply things like quotation or reference to
> words or phrases as linguistic objects.

Yes, exactly. But while this is so in general, for a specific document
or class of documents, it may well be enough to just have language,
especially if these are edited by hand.


Regards,	Martin.
Received on Friday, 26 September 1997 07:14:07 UTC

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