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RE: alt text in 2 languages?


From: Jukka K. Korpela
Date: Apr 22, 2004 12:13PM

On Thu, 22 Apr 2004, John Foliot - WATS.ca wrote:

> I have been told that the latest version of JAWS now
> also supports the LANG attribute and will do the switch (although I have not
> personally verified this).

That's good news. Can anyone confirm this and give more details, like the
repertoire of languages supported?

> In practical terms, adding LANG attributes is not difficult, and is forward
> compatible - and IMHO a good idea to implement at the development stage (as
> opposed to having to retrofit a site 24 months from now...).

It depends. Using lang="..." for <html> and for large blocks of data, like
block quotations in another language, is very easy. Using language markup
for _all_ changes of languages, as required by the WAI recommendations but
not applied even on WAI pages themselves, is quite complex, both
theoretically, both theoretically and in practice.

Jukka "Yucca" Korpela, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/

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