draft-phillips-langtags-04 /2.3 UND

Misha Wolf Misha.Wolf at reuters.com
Fri Jul 2 14:52:16 CEST 2004

I was responding to:

> For XML, SOAP, and RDF, there was discussion that content embedded in 
> other content inherits the language of its container.
> In that situation, there needs to be a way to prevent inheritance
> it is not appropriate, since the content may be a different language 
> from the containing document.
> Perhaps the UND bullet should comment on blocking inheritance and 
> whether omitting the label vs. perhaps giving the label a null string 
> value should be considered.


-----Original Message-----
From: John Cowan [mailto:cowan at ccil.org] 
Sent: 02 July 2004 13:52
To: Misha Wolf
Cc: ietf-languages at iana.org
Subject: Re: draft-phillips-langtags-04 /2.3 UND

Misha Wolf scripsit:

> XML 1.1 specifies that the empty value of xml:lang be used for 
> this purpose:
>    http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/REC-xml11-20040204/#sec-lang-tag

Not really.  You are confounding, as it were, agnosticism and atheism.
UND says that the language is unknown to the tagger; the empty string
doesn't say anything.

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