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I18N attributes in NewsML 2

From: Misha Wolf <Misha.Wolf@reuters.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2005 07:59:27 +0000
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To: newsml-2@yahoogroups.com
Cc: www-international@w3.org


In the NewsML 2 Technical Specification [1], we currently support 
xml:lang on AnyItemType and on LabelType.  I'm wondering whether we 
should also support it on some elements in between these two 
extremes, eg on NewsContentType.


I happened to be reading:
   What you need to know about the bidi algorithm and inline markup

and discovered that for the correct rendering of right-to-left 
text, it is necessary that the overall directionality of the text 
be specified.  In HTML, this is done using the @dir attribute, 
usually placed on the <html> element, eg:
   <html dir="rtl">

So we need to support such an attribute in NewsML 2.  I suggest that 
we support it wherever we decide to support xml:lang.

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[1] http://www.iptc.org/dev/
[2] http://groups.yahoo.com/group/newsml-2/

Misha Wolf
News Standards Manager, Reuters, www.reuters.com
Chair, News Metadata Framework WG, IPTC, www.iptc.org/dev
Vice-Chair, NewsML 2 Architecture WP, IPTC, www.iptc.org/dev

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