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dir attribute in HTML 5

From: Felix Sasaki <fsasaki@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 11:51:14 +0900
Message-ID: <4797FD22.4050206@w3.org>
To: public-i18n-core@w3.org

Hi all,

I had a look at
http://www.w3.org/TR/2008/WD-html5-20080122/#the-dir
were it says
"The processing of this attribute depends on the presentation layer. For 
example, CSS 2.1 defines a mapping from this attribute to the CSS 
'direction' and 'unicode-bidi' properties, and defines rendering in 
terms of those properties."
This is quite different to HTML 4
http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/struct/dirlang.html#adef-dir
which contains references for implementers of the Unicode BIDI 
algorithm, or ITS
http://www.w3.org/TR/its/#directionality-definition
which points to CSS 2.1 definitions not "For example", but recommends to 
use these.

I would propose to make a comment on HTML 5 that they should follow the 
ITS approach, that is to be more specific about the required semantics 
and recommend CSS 2.1

Any thoughts?

Felix
Received on Thursday, 24 January 2008 02:51:27 GMT

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