[uf-discuss] [hCite] call for examples: language

Brian Suda brian.suda at gmail.com
Wed Jan 31 03:44:31 PST 2007

On 1/31/07, Michael McCracken <michael.mccracken at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'd like to hear some discussion on the language field for hCite.
> I think it is useful, but it has two things going against it for me:
> - many citation formats have supported useful work without storing the language
> (I've never had 'language' in a bibtex entry, nor seen it written in a
> list of references - even when it is obviously not the same language
> as the referring page/paper.)
> - We only have two examples of pages marking up the language on the
> web - W3C and Amazon.com.
> The second point is why I'm writing this - I am happy to admit that
> it's useful to be able to mark up the language, and I'd have no
> problem with 'language' as an optional field in hCite, but if there
> are no other examples to be found, that suggests to me that maybe it's
> not really necessary.
> I'm open to the thought that Amazon alone is enough examples, because
> of its size, but I'm not totally sold on that.
> So - if you feel that hCite needs a language field, please find
> relevant examples from the web and add them to the wiki, then point to
> them in this thread.

--- HTML gives us a mechanism for determining the language. the @lang
attribute or @xml:lang. Both of these are in use already with hCard
and hCalendar. It would make sense to simply extend them to hCite as


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