On 07/04/11 06:00, Piotr BaƄski wrote:

 > a. xml:lang is used for language identification of element content;
 > b. it can be (mis?)placed on e.g. <ptr> elements and empty elements in
 > general when they perform a stand-off function;
> c. it is (mis)used for element identification.

I would like to argue very strongly that there are times when (c) is 
incredibly useful for processing parallel texts of various kinds.

We have six separate editions of the Treaty of Waitangi in our 
collection, each of them different (See ). Improving our 
automatically generated browse structures between such works is on my 
todo list, but seems essentially impossible if I'm not allowed to use 
xml:lang to separate the English and Maori versions (I believe that 
there may also be a French version, but we don't have a copy).

I would separately like to argue that the TEI community has a role to 
lead the XML community (i.e. the w3c) on some issues. I notice a number 
of places (such as ) the w3c 
seems to be using TEI-derived examples, which suggests that this may 
have happened in the past.

Stuart Yeates
Library Technology Services