Language attributes- what are they?
jcowan at reutershealth.com
Sat Jan 1 10:18:08 CET 2005
Peter Constable scripsit:
> That certainly indicates that a sort ID, in principle, need not have any
> intrinsic relationship to the language or spelling conventions of the
> content, although the writing systems must have some similarity in their
> character inventories.
Not absolutely necessary. There might, for example, exist a conventional
English-language rule for sorting Cyrillic text (say, sort it according
to Russian alphabetical order with various extensions to handle non-Russian
letters). But I agree that similar writing systems are a clearer and better
> But the other part of "you need to sort them according to the reader's
> expectation" is that it involves control over a display process and thus
> implies an API rather than simply declaring attributes of static
> content, which in my mind is a significant distinction in this matter.
Yes: in short, we agree: sort order is not suitable for language-tagging
except in the exceptional case where you want to mark that a static document is
*already* sorted according to some order.
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John Cowan <jcowan at reutershealth.com>
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