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Re: xml:lang how often used?

  • From: Jirka Kosek <jirka@k...>
  • To: Michael Kay <mike@s...>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2007 20:45:48 +0200

Re:  xml:lang how often used?
Michael Kay wrote:

> Obvious example, not remotely strange or perverse:
> <dictionary xml:lang="fr">
>   <term name="Computer">Ordinateur</term>
>   <term name="Software">Logiciel</term>
>   <term name="File">Fichier</term>
> </dictionary>
> Now one can have an endless debate about whether one should use xml:lang
> there or some other attribute. Frankly I don't care. I think it misses the
> point: XML is about syntax, not semantics, and document designers should be
> free to choose their own tags.

FYI, you can attach this "language semantic" to document using ITS
markup, see

But in general it is not recommended to store natural language content
in attributes because you can't easily specify its language,
directionality, ...


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