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Re: `alternate' vs `alternative' (was Re: WD-rdf-syntax-grammar-20030123: RDF/XML with HTML and XHTML)

From: Dave Hodder <dmh@dmh.org.uk>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 21:53:45 +0000
To: www-rdf-comments@w3.org
Message-ID: <20030211215345.A223@dmh.org.uk>

On Tue, Feb 11, 2003 at 08:11:38PM +0000, Sandy Nicholson wrote:
> While I'm also in favo(u)r of consistency with the XHTML 2.0 draft and other
> publications of the W3C, I am more concerned that the word `alternative'
> should be used in preference to `alternate' in this and similar instances.


For what it's worth, the 'Alternate' link type has been defined since
HTML 4.0 as follows[1]:

        Designates substitute versions for the document in which the
        link occurs.  When used together with the 'lang' attribute, it
        implies a translated version of the document.  When used
        together with the 'media' attribute, it implies a version
        designed for a different medium (or media)

(The above is from the HTML 4.0 spec; XHTML 2.0 (4th Working Draft) uses
the same definition, the only difference being a reference to 'hreflang'
instead of 'lang'.)

Given that it's already in wide use (e.g. "rel='alternate stylesheet'"),
I personally think changing it now is more trouble than it's worth.  If
you feel strongly about it I think the www-html or www-html-editor
mailing lists would be better places to discuss it.



[1] <http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40-971218/types.html#type-links>
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