[whatwg] Spellchecking mark III

Peter Kasting pkasting at google.com
Tue Jan 20 09:51:48 PST 2009

2009/1/20 Mikko Rantalainen <mikko.rantalainen at peda.net>

> I agree. I think that specifying the spellcheck attribute would be a
> mistake. It allows only forcing the automatic spell checking on or off
> but it doesn't help a bit to allow mixing different languages on a
> single page.

I don't see how the second sentence is an argument for the first.

Just specify that spell checking must follow the content language.

How many pages specify the content language?  AFAIK the farthest most
authors get is to specify the encoding, and even that is frequently done
wrong, and browsers have all kinds of crazy heuristics to try and
second-guess authors.

This seems like it would make spellchecking function very poorly on the web
at large, whereas adding the spellcheck attribute at worst would not harm

As the lang attribute can be used in inner elements, too, it allows
> mixing different languages on a single page and it allows UA to apply
> different spell checkers to different parts.

Again, this seems somewhat orthogonal to the spellcheck attribute
discussion.  Pages which mix languages are of interest to the Chromium
development team, too, and we have ideas on how to make life better for
those users -- but none of those ideas intersect the spellcheck attribute in
any way.

I think your post is tangential.

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