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Chapter 27. Internationalization > HTML 4.0 Language Tags

27.2. HTML 4.0 Language Tags

Coordinating characters sets is only the first part of the challenge. Even languages that share a character set may have different rules for hyphenation, spacing, quotation marks, punctuation, and so on. In addition to character shapes (glyphs), issues such as directionality (whether the text reads left-to-right or right-to-left) and cursive joining behavior had to be taken into account as well.

This prompted a need for a system of language identification. The W3C responded by incorporating the language tags put forth in the RFC 2070 standard on internationalization.


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