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Re: wrong language warning

From: r12a <ishida@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:27:48 +0100
To: "Jukka K. Korpela" <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi>, Marcus Beyer <contact@take-a-screenshot.org>, www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <330c290d-cf4f-d99e-7282-1c4f4f7c64fa@w3.org>
On 24/09/2016 14:23, Jukka K. Korpela wrote:
> And when it guesses right, detecting a mismatch between actual content
> language and declared content language (typically caused by authoring
> tools that routinely insert lang="en"), what’s the use? Sometimes it may
> help people to fix the lang attribute value, but such attributes are
> generally ignored by relevant software anyway. For example, Google
> ignores it and uses its own language-guessing technology.

you seem to be assuming that the language information is only used by 
Google search engines.  Actually, it is used for much more. For example, 
CSS auto hyphenation won't work unless the language is known.  For more, 

Why use the language attribute?

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