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Text that's not in any language

From: Bert Bos <bert@www10.w3.org>
Date: Wed, 08 Jan 1997 18:51:56 +0100
To: www-international@www10.w3.org
Message-ID: <32D3DEBC.6431@w3.org>
RFC 2070 (html-i18n) says that the LANG attribute is only for natural
languages, not for computer languages, but recently I've started
wondering why.

It may happen in a text that there is a word or phrase that is not in
any human language, such as the name of somebody, or some code.

HTML has some mark-up for the computer code: it can be put inside
<CODE>, but there is no element for the name of a person.

Maybe LANG should be extended to cover

  - computer languages (Pascal, C, HTML, CSS,...)
  - proper names (language "none"?)
  - "unknown" and "any" languages

The last two would be useful, resp., for a text that is in some
language, but the author doesn't know which, and for a text that is the
same in every language. An example would be the SI units mm, s, etc.


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