This document provides best practices related to the practical aspects of specifying language in XHTML/HTML content. Content authors can use these to ensure that their HTML is easily adaptable for an international audience. These best practices are best addressed from the start of content development if unnecessary costs and resource issues are to be avoided later on.
Editor: Richard Ishida.
The Internationalization GEO (Guidelines, Education & Outreach) Working Group has published an updated Working Draft of Internationalization Best Practices: Specifying Language in XHTML & HTML Content. Part of a series designed for authors, the document is an aid to specifying the language of content for an international audience.
The title has been changed to reflect that these are ‘Best practises’ rather than ‘Techniques’, and the content and format has been substantially reworked. In particular, the term ‘primary language’ has been replaced with references to the ‘language of the intended audience’.