[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

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?

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