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Re: Lang attribute on names


From: Patrick H. Lauke
Date: Jul 27, 2022 2:38AM

On 27/07/2022 08:28, Barry via WebAIM-Forum wrote:
> The recent thread on the use of the lang attribute has prompted a question.
> Should the lang attribute be used on foreign language propper nouns, such as
> a persons name or the name of foreign cities? Im specifically thinking about
> an international sports page with lots of foreign names of players. It
> would be a hell of a task to put the lang attribute on each one, but should
> it be done to conform to a11y?

Purely for compliance aspect, note the exceptions listed in the SC
itself (which include "proper names":

"The human language of each passage or phrase in the content can be
programmatically determined except for *proper names*, technical terms,
words of indeterminate language, and words or phrases that have become
part of the vernacular of the immediately surrounding text."


Though I'd add that there may still be situations where providing a lang
attribute is useful to give proper hints to assistive technologies to
switch to different speech/language (e.g. if you have the main content
in English, but then have a person's name written in simplified Chinese
or Japanese or other non-roman alphabets).

Patrick H. Lauke

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