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[Bug 19505] Describe visual direction when document encoding is iso-8859-8

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Date: Thu, 06 Feb 2014 03:55:56 +0000
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https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=19505

--- Comment #28 from Koji Ishii <kojiishi@gluesoft.co.jp> ---
(In reply to Ian 'Hixie' Hickson from comment #27)
> So... this would be a set of ruler that only apply when, exactly?

>From comment #8: when encoding is "iso-8859-8 and its aliases are relevant to
visual direction"

> Are browsers more interested in implementing this than removing support?

In my understanding, it is implemented in all existing browsers. Anne believes
that it should be either a) spec'ed for new players, or b) removed. So the
question to browsers is whether they want to remove it or not.

I talked with a few bidi people at UTC and in Google, they think it should NOT
be removed, because although numbers are low, some critical sites such as banks
are still using the encoding (and rely on browser to interpret as visual
order.)

Logically speaking, there's another option: c) keep the existing code and do
nothing in the spec. I'd vote this; I won't be surprised if new browsers do not
support 10 years old sites, but Anne seems to be negative to this option, and
I'm not sure if this is a good policy when compared to W3C/WHATWG policies, so
I appreciate your opinion.

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