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Re: RfD: Multi-Lingual Support

On Tue, 6 Jan 1998, Ralf S. Engelschall wrote:

> I'm currently thinking about better high-level support for multi-lingual pages
> with WML.

Awesome!  <grin>

> And more ideas, suggestions or comments on this topic?
> Feel free to express any opinion you have.

I wonder if WML's new high-level multi-lingual support could interact
with / be integrated with / relate to the new HTML 4.0 specification?
HTML 4.0 comes with many new features such as:

  2.3.1 Internationalization

   This version of HTML has been designed with the help of experts in the
   field of internationalization, so that documents may be written in
   every language and be transported easily around the world. This has
   been accomplished by incorporating [RFC2070], which deals with the
   internationalization of HTML. 

   One important step has been the adoption of the ISO/IEC:10646 standard
   (see [ISO10646]) as the document character set for HTML. This is the
   world's most inclusive standard dealing with issues of the
   representation of international characters, text direction,
   punctuation, and other world language issues. 

   HTML now offers greater support for diverse human languages within a
   document. This allows for more effective indexing of documents for
   search engines, higher-quality typography, better text-to-speech
   conversion, better hyphenation, etc. 

(e.g. attributes such as lang, hreflang, charset, dir, etc.)

Just in case anyone who haven't heard about the new HTML 4.0 Specification
recommendation, here's the URI:  <http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/> :)



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