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I18N-ISSUE-36: New dir attribute value: auto, and a new attribute: autodirmethod [HTML5-bidi]

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Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2011 16:39:23 +0000
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I18N-ISSUE-36: New dir attribute value: auto, and a new attribute: autodirmethod [HTML5-bidi]

http://www.w3.org/International/track/issues/36

Raised by: Richard Ishida
On product: HTML5-bidi

Make simple direction estimation functionality available in the browser by allowing the dir attribute to take on a new "auto" value indicating that the user agent is responsible for estimating the direction of the element's contents according to an algorithm specified by a new attribute, autodirmethod=first-strong|any-rtl.

This is a part of the proposals made by the "Additional Requirements for Bidi in HTML" W3C First Public Working Draft. For a full description of the use cases and the details of this proposal, please see http://www.w3.org/International/docs/html-bidi-requirements/#auto-direction.

In addition, also allow a third autodirmethod value, "plaintext", which would estimate the direction of each UBA paragraph in the element separately. This is intended primarily for the <textarea> and <pre> elements, where taking as input and displaying (mostly plain) text consisting of paragraphs with different directions is a fairly common need. The CSS3 spec already provides support for this feature via a new unicode-bidi value, "plaintext" (http://dev.w3.org/csswg/css3-text-layout/#unicode-bidi). However, some aspects of the feature still need to be worked out at this time.


Please add comments to bugzilla:
http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=10808
http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=11734

For implementation status see:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/17nb3wlYkIG9MNtL1mlXVPOVe4QwyApiHRYim3nTi5CE/edit?hl=en&pli=1#heading=h.5ximwchvrxcg


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