[tei-council] Values of @xml:lang on <exemplum>
dsewell at virginia.edu
Wed Apr 29 21:53:44 EDT 2009
I'm in the midst of working on the languages associated with <exemplum>
elements in P5/Source/Specs/*.xml, and a couple of things need resolving
before I (or anyone) starts making changes. (Sebastian, the questions at
the bottom will have implications for rendering of the specs.)
The current situation is that the original <exemplum>s have no
@xml:lang attribute. Their content is mostly English-language. In
505 translated Chinese exempla have xml:lang="zh-tw".
5 translated French exemple have xml:lang="fr".
For <exemplum>s with no @xml:lang, there are three basic situations:
1. The language of the example is English, entirely or with the exception of
2. The language of the example is in one or more other identifiable
natural languages, e.g. Latin or Old English:
3. Apart from attribute values, the exemplum does not really belong to a
natural language, e.g.
Cases #1 and #3 seem clear-cut. The former takes @xml:lang="en", the
latter takes @xml:lang="" (the latter is the explicitly recommended
XML practice for tagging an element where you want to suppress language
information, see http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-xml/#sec-lang-tag).
But what about cases like #2? Are we labeling the language *content* of
the exempla, or the language *context*? What I mean is: the exempla for
<colophon> are clearly in Latin, but their *context* is something like
"European scholarly discourse". One would probably not want to translate
them into French or German (Chinese or Japanese are another story).
I would suggest, then, that we merge cases in #2 with #3 and assign them
all @xml:lang="". Those exempla are then considered language-neutral for
purposes of display. I assume that's more important to us than enabling
people to search for <exemplum>s that happen to be in Old English or
Arabic or whatever?
David Sewell, Editorial and Technical Manager
ROTUNDA, The University of Virginia Press
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