Language Identifier List up for comments

Misha Wolf Misha.Wolf at
Fri Dec 17 19:43:58 CET 2004

If we're inititially dealing with written material, shouldn't the last 
row of the 2nd table say "Chinese" rather than "Mandarin Chinese"?

If we were dealing with spoken material, would we have a way of 
indicating "Mandarin" as opposed to "Cantonese"?


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Sent: 17 December 2004 18:24
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Subject: Re: Language Identifier List up for comments

You are right of course.  The specifics of the rendering belong in the 
style sheet.
But this does bear out that taggers need to think about the likely use 
of the document and tag accordingly.  If the likely use is as a written 
text, then the tag should reflect readability.  If it's more likely to 
go to voice, then the tag should indicate the voice language.  Obviously

it is up to the discretion of the tagger.
Perhaps there could be some mention of this in the language tag list?

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