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[Bug 18490] make any element with an explicit lang or dir attribute bidi-isolated by default

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Date: Fri, 26 Apr 2013 23:52:46 +0000
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https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=18490

--- Comment #5 from Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> ---
FWIW, one thing to consider here is how implementors perceive this part of the
spec. If we keep changing it, they'll start to think of it as unstable and not
worth their attention, and it'll slow down the rate at which existing features
are implemented.

Also, we should be really careful to avoid "magic", especially with something
as complicated as bidi. We've done that pretty well so far by having things
happen when explicitly invoked, e.g. with <bdo>, <bdi>, and dir="". We're
moving a little away from this with things like dir=auto. I would advise
caution when it comes to making elements have "magical", or "do what I mean",
behaviour when using apparently unrelated attributes like lang="".

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