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Re: Arabic or Hebrew languages (Right to Left Languages) and SKOS, XML,RDF,etc.

From: Thad Guidry <thadguidry@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2011 09:05:11 -0500
Message-ID: <BANLkTim4UZzsZ+p7q6WfEawunhZGbZws3w@mail.gmail.com>
To: SKOS <public-esw-thes@w3.org>
Oops, forgot to include the good tutorial that I have used in the past:
http://www.w3.org/International/tutorials/bidi-xhtml/

On Thu, May 26, 2011 at 9:01 AM, Thad Guidry <thadguidry@gmail.com> wrote:

> Christophe,
>
> I personally do not think SKOS or any other structured format should
> concern itself with display and presentation, especially adding control
> chars within the data itself [1].   Display and presentation of data should
> be left to the browser application itself, and the markup handling.
>
> 1. http://www.w3.org/TR/i18n-html-tech-bidi/
>
>
> On Thu, May 26, 2011 at 4:38 AM, Christophe Dupriez <
> christophe.dupriez@destin.be> wrote:
>
>> Hi!
>>
>> I would like to know if some best practices has been set up to support RTL
>> (right to left) languages in XML, RDF or SKOS.
>>
>> The problem: when displaying Arabic or Hebrew, the browsers must be told
>> to write from right to left and (ideally) the text is better displayed
>> aligned on the right rather than the left.
>>
>> One may wish that applications not be obliged to make explicit tests like
>> "if language is Arabic or Hebrew then RTL+align:right else then
>> LTR+align:left".
>>
>> What have been done for this? What the community think that should be
>> done?
>>
>> I made a test by hand to prepare addition of Arabic to JITA:
>> http://www.askosi.org/JITA-ar.htm
>>
>> Other languages of the JITA thesaurus, as used to access E-LIS (click on
>> concepts in schemas):
>> http://www.askosi.org/jita
>>
>> For now, my "feeling" is to add Unicode character x202B before Arabic and
>> Hebrew labels and Unicode character x202C at the end (i.e. within the data).
>> Character x202C is Pop Direction Format: return to the direction (LTR or
>> RTL) in use when x202B (switch to RTL) was encountered.
>>
>> But what others do???
>>
>> I will be happy to learn about your thought on this topic!
>>
>> Christophe
>>
>>
>
>
> --
> -Thad
> http://www.freebase.com/view/en/thad_guidry
>



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