[uf-discuss] Human and machine readable data format

Guillaume Lebleu guillaume at lebleu.org
Wed Jul 2 09:36:30 PDT 2008

Michael MD wrote:
> Allowing language conventions for date parsing to be determined by 
> anything "global" sounds a bit dangerous to me.
> Someone might post on a shared blog/forum site in a different country 
> and mark it up in a way that does not match a lang attribute somewhere 
> else on the page!
> also - who is going to say that all replies to the post or comments 
> that might also appear on that same page are going to follow the same 
> language rules 
Sorry if I didn't express myself clearly. What I meant here was that a 
lang="..." attribute on the element of class vevent or dstart is 
recommended at all times (to deal with the very ambiguity you are 
referring to), but is optional to comply with DRY. If not present, its 
value may be inferred from the closest containing/ancestor element with 
a lang attribute, for instance a lang attribute value at the level of 
the html element.

In other words, if I want to write my date in French in an en-us html 
document, I'd have to attach lang="fr" to my date or its containing 
content, but if I want to write my date in American English in the same 
document, I don't have to attach lang="en-us", although it wouldn't hurt to.

Do you still see this as dangerous practice?


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