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[Bug 11234] Invalidate documents whose text content contains improperly balanced bidi formatting characters

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Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2011 07:40:21 +0000
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http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=11234

--- Comment #14 from Aharon Lanin <aharon.lists.lanin@gmail.com> 2011-08-11 07:40:21 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #11)
> (In reply to comment #10)
> > Certainly the use of the dir attribute etc. is more than a matter of
> > convenience. It is *the only recommended way* of declaring text direction in
> > HTML
> 
> While I do not disagree with you on this point (which is to say, I agree), I
> think we should not go as far as recommending against ("should not"). The BiDi
> control characters can come in handy when different sources product the HTML
> entities and the content, and are sometimes the only practical option
> available.
> 
> Shachar

The spec could recommend using directional mark-up instead of directional
formatting characters whenever feasible. It could also have a note warning that
placing an element between an LRE, RLE, LRO, or RLO and its matching PDF does
not work well with various HTML and CSS features, and has effects that vary
radically depending on the element's style.

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