The limit of language codes

John Cowan cowan at
Fri Feb 16 18:16:14 CET 2007

Gerard Meijssen scripsit:

> When we can convince the tool makers that they ALWAYS enter the
> language code as part of the meta data of a document and, when they
> were to allow for all the linguistic entities that are recognised we
> would have a much rosier situtation.

Unfortunately that doesn't really help.  See Doctorow's classic "Metacrap"
rant <>; it's a little overstated,
but content-creators gain little from providing accurate metadata, and
often have much to gain by lying.

John Cowan   cowan at
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led. And through the air. I am he that walks unseen.  I am the clue-finder,
the web-cutter, the stinging fly. I was chosen for the lucky number.  --Bilbo

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