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Subject: Re: XSLT (2) namespace safe i18n patterns
From: Florent Georges <lists@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2009 11:45:28 +0000 (GMT)
Re:  XSLT (2) namespace safe i18n patterns
Andrew Welch wrote:


> I think xml:lang had become another hangover
from the days of
> XML rendered using CSS, when XLink and XPointer seemed like
> good ideas too.

> A few years down the line, the usual advice is to avoid
xml:lang and create your own markup (simply @lang for example)

  Quite weird.
I agree @xml:lang does not give you that much,
but I cannot see what @lang
could give you more.  At least
@xml:lang comes with a common definition and
with fn:lang().

> or to avoid mixing languages in the same document all
> splitting them out into separate documents.

> For example, in the
above example, you could just have:

> <name>medical_doctor</name>

> where
"medical_doctor" is the key for a lookup into your
> translations, which are
held in separate files.

  That's a good pattern I think, but I guess there is
room for
several approaches, depending on the real problems.  But even
in order to "lookup into your translations", you need to
tag them with their
respective languages.  I cannot see why @lang
would be better than @xml:lang.

Florent Georges

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