Swiss german, spoken

Karen_Broome at Karen_Broome at
Mon Jun 13 22:23:55 CEST 2005

Will a MIME type help me distinguish between Arabic, Devangari, Latin, 
Traditional Chinese, or Simplified Chinese in the XML format? Can it be 
used with the xml:lang attribute? That's where I need this data. There is 
often a one-to-many relationship between the spoken language and its 
written variants and these written variants must be described. Nothing I 
do is intended for use in e-mail.

 Karen Broome
Metadata Systems Designer
Sony Pictures Entertainment

Harald Tveit Alvestrand <harald at>
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06/13/2005 08:30 AM

        To:     Debbie Garside <debbie at>, "'Michael Everson'" 
<everson at>, "'IETF Languages Discussion'" 
<ietf-languages at>
        Subject:        RE: Swiss german, spoken

--On 12. juni 2005 00:19 +0100 Debbie Garside <debbie at> 

> But for archival and retrieval processes we MAY wish to make a
> distinction. Remember, there are an awful lot of end users out there
> using 3066.

If you want to distinguish between an audio recording and a written text, 
that's what the MIME type is for in IETF standards (and a variety of other 

means in other contexts).

Overloading the language mechanism with this information is just another 
means of causing pain.

My 5 cents.


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