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Re: This week's article: Content Language


From: Karl Dawson
Date: Jan 23, 2006 7:15AM

On 23/01/06, Dejan Kozina < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> I'm replying off the top of my mind, so expect me to blunder regarding
> the correct terminology...
> The lang attribute of the html element can have one language only
> declared. If the document is a multilanguage one (say a splash page on a
> multilingual website where you ask the visitor to choose his/her
> language) and you can't or won't select one language as primary (think
> countries with more that one official language, say Canada or Belgium)
> you can left this one out and mark directly the relevant sections of the
> page with their own lang attributes.

Yes, that's a good example for exemption. In the case of an unbiased
multi-lingual page - like the splash page you describe then it would be
beneficial to specify the lang attribute further down the document
heirarchy. The higher the better to save writing it out too many times.

The W3C provide this

There is also a 'Content-Language' HTTP header (with optionally the
> relative 'meta http-equiv' element)describing the languages in which the
> document is revevant: this one accepts a comma separated list of
> languages.
> djn
> Karl Dawson wrote:
> > From the Top: Content Language
> > <http://www.thatstandardsguy.co.uk/2006/01/23/content-language/>;
> >
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Karl Dawson
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