Re: [PLS1.0] i18n comment: Sub-elements for example

Issue R103-30

Proposed Classification: Feature Request 

Resolution: Reject 

The <example> element has XML Schema type 'string' [1] which allows
embedding of directionality marks and overrides (e.g. 0x200E, 0x200F,
0x202D, 0x202E, 0x202C). We've reviewed the I18N FAQ [2] and Unicode
Technical Report #20 [3] and believe that embedded character codes are
appropriate for the <example> element.

PLS documents cover a single language. We've assumed that the examples
would be in the same language as the lexicon and that adding xml:lang to
<example> was therefore unnecessary. In the case of 'borrowed' words
such as 'hors d'oeuvres', the example would be written in the borrowing
language as in "<example>As an appetizer, he prepared a wide selection
of hors d'oeuvres such as cucumber sandwiches and garlic hummus with
baked pita.</example>".


Paolo Baggia, editor PLS spec.

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Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2006 17:51:43 +0000
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Comment from the i18n review of:

Comment 30
Editorial/substantive: S
Owner: RI

Location in reviewed document:

If the example element can contain only text, it will not be possible to
apply directional markup to bidirectional text. Since this text can be
harvested for reading elsewhere, we propose that you allow, as a minimum
a span-like element within the example element that can support a
dir=ltr|rtl|lro|rlo attribute to handle bidirectional text.

You could also allow xml:lang on the span-like element for language

Gruppo Telecom Italia - Direzione e coordinamento di Telecom Italia S.p.A.

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