[Taxacom] Language tags for scientific names

Paul van Rijckevorsel dipteryx at freeler.nl
Fri Jun 27 14:38:30 CDT 2008


From: "Andy Mabbett" <andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk>
Sent: Friday, June 27, 2008 6:12 PM
> Where did I say that "it is not the purpose of language markup to
> indicate different languages"?

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Actually, right there. There is no basic difference between
<span lang="en">tree</span>
<span lang="nl">tree</span>

and

<span lang="ICBN">Pieris japonica</span>
<span lang="ICZN">Pieris japonica</span>

both are cases of completely different words, in different languages, having
completely different meanings; they just happen to have the same spelling.
If one is a valid way of mark-up then so is the other.

This will still leave the reader to deal with circumscription: any
particular name under the ICBN may well have wildly varying
circumscriptions. It is hard enough as it is to explain to the general
public that any particular name for a plant group may have quite different
meanings (with only a partial overlap), depending on the author who uses it, 
without adding extra complications.

Paul






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