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Re: [HTML5] i18n comment 1: Rendering bidi without a style sheet

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2009 10:26:16 +0000 (UTC)
To: ishida@w3.org
Cc: public-html-comments@w3.org, public-i18n-core@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0902101025590.28232@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Fri, 29 Feb 2008 ishida@w3.org wrote:
> 
> Comment from the i18n review of:
> http://www.w3.org/html/wg/html5/
> 
> Comment 1
> At http://www.w3.org/International/reviews/0802-html5/
> Editorial/substantive: S
> Tracked by: RI
> 
> Location in reviewed document:
> 3.4.4 [http://www.w3.org/html/wg/html5/#the-dir]
> 
> Comment: \"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.\"
> 
> We think that HTML 5, like HTML 4, should be able to render 
> bidirectional text without a style sheet. It would break backwards 
> compatibility to remove the ability of a browser to do so without CSS. 
> Therefore in our opinion, HTML 5 has to describe the expected behavior 
> in at least the detail of HTML 4 rather than leave it up to the 
> \"presentation layer\".
> 
> Note that we do not want to impose a requirement on implementations of 
> HTML 5 to implement CSS, but you could describe the expected behaviour 
> by just referencing CSS and defining a default stylesheet fragment. This 
> would just mean that an HTML 5 implementation has to make things behave 
> as if it used this CSS default stylesheet fragment

I have attempted to address this now.

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