Language attributes- what are they?

John Cowan jcowan at
Sat Jan 1 10:07:51 CET 2005

Tex Texin scripsit:

> I can take your mail two ways. 
> a) sorted lists should be dynamically changed to the user's preference.

Yes, when practicable.

> b) Documents written in a language are presumably targeted at readers of that
> language, and therefore should be sorted for the intended audience (as opposed
> to the actual preference of that individual). And this is true even if the list
> contents are in another language.

The rest of your email reads to me as if you thought I was arguing *for* using
language-tagging for sorting, but I was actually arguing against that position.
Sort order should be inferred from the locale specifier (which is per-user)
rather than the language tag (which is per-document, or per-section of document).

John Cowan      jcowan at
        "Not to know The Smiths is not to know K.X.U."  --K.X.U.

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