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RE: Multi-Language Support

From: Martin Duerst <duerst@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2001 13:46:41 +0900
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To: Yves Arrouye <yves@realnames.com>, www-international@w3.org
At 14:10 01/09/25 -0700, Yves Arrouye wrote:

>If you want to use many languages in the same XML document, it is most
>useful, just as in HTML, to mark the language of content using xml:lang.

Very definitely true.

>This tagging will not only enable processors to extract the relevant
>information for different users / purposes, but in the kind of CJK
>languages, it is very important to know the language in order to select the
>appropriate glyphs for unified Han characters.

This is somewhat of an issue, but it is often overstated.
In general, as long as the context is low-resolution plain text,
the difference is not that important. For better quality, style
sheets selecting the desired fonts are the right way to go.
Of course such a selection can be based on the value of the
xml:lang attribute.

Regards,  Martin.
Received on Wednesday, 26 September 2001 01:51:25 UTC

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