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[Bug 18340] The root element's directionality should be a UA-specific value

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Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2013 00:06:07 +0000
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--- Comment #19 from Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> ---
Thanks for all the comments above.

If all browsers default to ltr (and that seems to be the case — I'm not aware
of any browser in any locale that defaults to rtl in cases where the page
doesn't specify the directionality), then I really don't think it makes sense
for a UA to be able to default to rtl.

As far as UI goes, a browser is naturally allowed to offer UI that causes the
UA to subsequently violate the specifications; whether this be an "inspect
element" debugging UI that allows the user to specify dir=rtl on the root
element or whether it's a button in a toolbar that does the same thing, is
outside the scope of the spec.

Which is to say, I think this should be WONTFIX based on the above info.

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