[Taxacom] Language tags for scientific names

Paul van Rijckevorsel dipteryx at freeler.nl
Fri Jun 27 08:05:01 CDT 2008


From: "Andy Mabbett" <andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk>
Sent: Friday, June 27, 2008 1:09 PM

>> Paul van Rijckevorsel <dipteryx at freeler.nl> writes
>>The obvious reason is homonyms, such as Pieris japonica, which can be a
>>butterfly (under the ICZN) or a shrub (under the ICBN)
>>* * *

> It's not the job of language markup to resolve such ambiguities (though
> the species microformat does).

> Does <span lang="en">feet</span> refer to measurement or the things at
> the end of legs? We don't use en-measurement and en-anatomy.

***
That does not sound like any kind of argument. If it is not the purpose of
language markup to indicate different languages why have language markup at
all?

Why then have a
<span lang="en">tree</span>
<span lang="nl">tree</span>

instead of leaving it to the reader to resolve the ambiguity?
Paul







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