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RE: [xml-dev] xml:lang how often used?
To: "'bryan rasmussen'" <rasmussen.bryan@-----.--->,"'G. Ken Holman'" <gkholman@----------------.--->
Date: 10/18/2007 3:54:00 PM
> I think though now I just realized a really perverse and > strange use case I hadn't thought of for having a language > identifier different than xml:lang, which is that xml:lang > sets the language specification for all attributes + contents > of an element, but you could theoretically see situations > where attributes for some reason had a different language Obvious example, not remotely strange or perverse: <dictionary xml:lang="fr"> <term name="Computer">Ordinateur</term> <term name="Software">Logiciel</term> <term name="File">Fichier</term> </dictionary> Now one can have an endless debate about whether one should use xml:lang there or some other attribute. Frankly I don't care. I think it misses the point: XML is about syntax, not semantics, and document designers should be free to choose their own tags. Michael Kay http://www.saxonica.com/