Ralph Cleminson <[log in to unmask]> writes:
> You have touched a sensitive issue. The problem is that as defined
> in the TEI, "language" does not mean "language", it means
> "language written in a particular writing system". Consequently one
> cannot use a particular value of the "lang" attribute either to tag all
> instances of text written in a particular language (irrespective of
> writing system), or to tag all instances of characters written in a
> particular writing system (irrespective of language). Since these
> are both things that one needs to do, this is a highly unsatisfactory
> situation and it is to be hoped that it will be remedied in the P5.
This is an issue that has caused a lot of grievance to TEI users.
There are plans to review this specific issue and unbundle language
and writing system, and a work group has been set up for this.
Anybody interested in this work and/or joining the WG is encouraged to
contact me by email (off this list).
Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University
47 Higashiogura-cho, Kitashirakawa, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8265, JAPAN