Re: xml:lang how often used?
> > It does seem an odd way of doing it - does anyone really have: > > <dictionary xml:lang="en"> > <term name="Computer">Computer</term> > ... > </dictionary> > <dictionary xml:lang="fr"> > <term name="Computer">Ordinateur</term> > ... > </dictionary> > <dictionary xml:lang="de"> I think it seems like a quick hacky way of doing it. Like, oh we should have a dictionary of terms. > ...where all of the various languages are included in r the one XML file? Sure, Not well thought out dictionaries, but for just small dictionaries of values for a small project I bet there's a lot. > Wouldn't it be a better solution to do it the Java i18n way eg: > > <dictionary> > <term name="Computer"><i18n id="Computer"/></term> > > and then a language file for each locale: > > xml_en_UK: > <val id="Computer">Computer</val> > > xml_fr_FR: > <val id="Computer">Ordinateur</val> > I think that is not a preferable way because it is still using one language as the default, the english one is redundantly maintained across all files. Becomes also problematic if a word in some language should be used that does not have a synonym in English. If the data may become really big you need to do it on a network. How about like this: > xml_en_UK: > <val id="http://mydictionary.org/5345">Computer</val> > > xml_fr_FR: > <val id="http://mydictionary.org/5345">Ordinateur</val> Then a request against http://mydictionary.org/5345?lang=en_uk returns something like a wordml rdf format for Computer (I say something like because I would probably want to do something else) And http://mydictionary.org/languages/english/computer should return a redirect to http://mydictionary.org/5345?lang=en_uk and checking if a language was supported for a particular word http://mydictionary.org/5345?lang=ar_sa which might show that it was not supported or just do a redirect to http://mydictionary.org/5345?lang=ar Of course http replaced by whatever lookup scheme used in your system, but I would think something like that more maintainable. Cheers, Bryan Rasmussen
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