[Taxacom] Language tags for scientific names

Jim Croft jim.croft at gmail.com
Sat Jun 28 18:44:09 CDT 2008

This does not seam reasonable at all...  but that is just the sort of
person I am...

Apart from the fact that the representation might be non
scientifically rigourous in that it might introduce names and concepts
that may not have been part of the original text stream, but assuming
that all the data is valid and could be made part of the text stream,
how about something like:

    <Label xml:lang="en">Japanese Maple</Label>
    <Label xml:lang="de">Fächer-Ahorn</Label>
    <taxon_name lsid="yadda.yadda.yadda">Acer palmatum</taxon_name>
    <taxon_concept lsid="bhah.blah.blah">Acer palmatum</taxon_concept>


    <Label xml:lang="en">Japanese Maple</Label>
    <Label xml:lang="de">Fächer-Ahorn</Label>
    <Label name_lsid="yadda.yadda.yadda">Acer palmatum</Label>
    <Label concept_lsid="bhaj.blah.blah">Acer palmatum</Label>

or silimar

Each of these handles is unambiguous and an application could
conceivably be written to do meaningful things with each.


On Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 5:14 AM, Andy Mabbett <andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk> wrote:
> In message
> <5ebbead70806280937p7087e3f0ne81839cf67749693 at mail.gmail.com>, Gregor
> Hagedorn <g.m.hagedorn at gmail.com> writes
>>> become retrospectively added to a language, such as the many garden
>>> plants (like "Acer palmatum") lacking vernacular names, and so commonly
>>> referred to by their scientific names, in everyday English, by people
>>> who wouldn't recognise them as biological taxa.
>>That is one reason I would like to be able to express the following
>>Representation for human consumption for a Taxon Object :
>> <Representation>
>>    <Label xml:lang="en">Acer palmatum</Label>
>>    <Label xml:lang="de">Fächer-Ahorn</Label>
>>    <Label xml:lang="zxx-taxon">Acer palmatum</Label>
>> </Representation>
> That seems perfectly reasonable to me.
> --
> Andy Mabbett
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Jim Croft
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