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Re: New article: Indicating the language of a link destination

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Mon, 9 Sep 2013 16:44:19 +0000 (UTC)
To: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@annevk.nl>, Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>
cc: www International <www-international@w3.org>
Message-ID: <alpine.DEB.2.00.1309091639240.12210@ps20323.dreamhostps.com>
On Fri, 6 Sep 2013, Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> I wonder why we still have [hreflang]. It seems if the only practical 
> benefit is as a CSS styling hook it might be better to place it in 
> content as that would be more accessible too. And by having it in the 
> language it will waste people's time wondering what to do with it. Any 
> reason hreflang="" is still in HTML, Ian?

It's useful, in conjunction with rel=alternate, for search engines and 
other automated tools to know that two pages are (or rather, might be) 
translations of each other, and can be exposed in a UI that exposes 
alternate versions of pages, much like rel=alternate with 
type=application/pdf or similar, and much like (for <link>) media=print or 

It's not widely used, but since it's not widely misused either, leaving 
it seems mostly harmless.

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