Declaring Language in XHTML and HTML - Latest Thinking at the W3C
Richard Ishida, Internationalization Activity Lead, W3C, UK

Intended Audience: Content Developers, Software Engineers, Graphic Designers, Managers, Technical Writers, Testers, Web Administrators, Web Designers

Session Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Information about the language in use on a page is important for accessibility, styling, searching, and other reasons. This tutorial will help you take advantage of the opportunities that are available now and in the near future by declaring language information appropriately.

We will look at the differences between declaring the language of text-processing and the primary language metadata for a document. We will then propose best practises for declaring language, given the various options available.