language declaration on body element (i18n-html-tech-lang)


Best Practice 7 (Using the body tag) of 'Internationalization Best 
Practices: Specifying Language in XHTML & HTML Content' [1] states 
that there are no UA applicability issues for this best practice.
However, I recently discovered the following issue.
On a test file where a language change from English to German is 
declared on the body element [2], the screenreader JAWS 8.0 behaves 
differently depending on the browser I use:
with Internet Explorer 6, JAWS reads the test file as English instead 
of German, but with Firefox, JAWS reads it as German (as 
expected). So there may be a bug in Internet Explorer 6 that causes 
language changes on the body element to be ignored.

Best regards,

Christophe Strobbe

[2] test file at 
metadata at 
(This is part of the BenToWeb project, which develops suites of test 
cases for WCAG 2.0.)

Christophe Strobbe
K.U.Leuven - Dept. of Electrical Engineering - SCD
Research Group on Document Architectures
Kasteelpark Arenberg 10 bus 2442
B-3001 Leuven-Heverlee
tel: +32 16 32 85 51 


Received on Tuesday, 20 November 2007 18:24:47 UTC