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[Bug 5880] internationalization of tag names

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Date: Thu, 09 Oct 2008 19:57:08 +0000
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--- Comment #2 from David Ezell <David_E3@VERIFONE.com>  2008-10-09 19:57:07 ---
On the WG call of 1 August, 2008
(http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Member/w3c-xml-schema-ig/2008Aug/0001.html), the
XML Schema WG asked that I write a disposition and then forward it to i18n. 
The WG asked me to write this disposition because I am inclined to agree with
the need for some mechanisms to support the "translation" of XML languages, but
that I also understand why the XML Schema WG is classifying this issue for
"future" consideration.

First, the WG believes that there are actually two separate issues implicit in
the note:
1) The "mapping" of XML languages using natural language keywords into other
natural languages.
2) The naming of "anonymous" objects so that they can be referenced.

The second issue is referenced indirectly, and the WG would consider a new
Bugzilla entry on that subject.  We will not consider it further as a part of
the current issue.

As for issue 1 (the "mapping" issue), the WG prefers to classify this topic as
future work.  While it seems that such a feature could be useful, it also seems
that the ability to do such mapping would benefit all standardized XML
languages, and not just XSDL.  

The WG would like to consider a more consistent solution to the problem, and
not create a "one-off" solution.  

Some of the potential solutions to the problem include:
1) defining alternative natural language terms and require (or not) people
building processors to accept those terms in addition to those defined in XSDL.
 "Conformance" is a key consideration here.
2) providing stylesheets to translate one set of terms to another.
3) placing such "term lists"  or stylesheets under the perview of the W3C and
introducing a standard way to introduce new "term lists" for languages not
previously supported.

We hope that the i18n WG understands our hesitance to "bake-in" a specific XSDL
solution for some specific alternative language or set of languages, especially
since this issue applies to all standardized XML languages.

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