Re: VOA- utf-8, lang="en" (Re: languages ...)

From: Mark Davis (
Date: Tue Apr 14 2009 - 12:14:17 CDT

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    FYI, in Google we essentially ignore the language setting in the web page,
    because it is too often missing or wrong to be useful.


    On Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 07:23, Donald Z. Osborn <> wrote:

    > Thanks to all for the feedback on this topic. It sounds like the choice of
    > utf-8 or not is mainly one of policy (or lack of same) and not technical
    > restraints?
    > Interesting on this point to contrast with VOA,* which has all of its
    > language pages in utf-8.
    > On the other hand, while BBC uses lang= parameter in page coding to
    > indicate the main language in each page, VOA pages are apparently all
    > lang="en"
    > Like BBC, VOA ASCIIfies Hausa Boko orthography. It also has no text in
    > Amharic or Tigrinya (among non-Latin scripts), only audio from an English
    > language "Horn" page.
    > Like BBC, it groups the similar languages Kinyarwanda and Kirundi on a
    > single page (with text in one, the other, both, or something inbetween). It
    > would be interesting to know what exactly is the language of the text
    > content of that page. BBC codes their page "rw" (for Kinyarwanda), not "rn"
    > (for Kirundi), even though both languages share it. But as already noted,
    > VOA incorrectly uses lang="en" everywhere.
    > * (click on Languages) or

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