Re: Fwd: Re: Israeli HTML Standard

Francois Yergeau (
Sun, 15 Jun 1997 17:18:25 -0400

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Date: Sun, 15 Jun 1997 17:18:25 -0400
To: David Rashty +972-2-6584848 <RASHTY@WWW4.HUJI.AC.IL>
From: Francois Yergeau <>
Subject: Re: Fwd: Re: Israeli HTML Standard
Cc: Dani Ilan <>, Stefan Fuchs <>,
In-Reply-To: <15060097080009@WWW4.HUJI.AC.IL>

À 08:00 15-06-97 +0200, David Rashty +972-2-6584848 a écrit :
>If the standard will not allows using
>Visual ordering (ISO-8859-8) as a possibility it mean that only in Israel,
>people that have a Hebrew Version of the operating system will be able to
>view this pages.

It is simply not true that one needs a Hebrew OS to view Hebrew HTML in
implicit order.  See for a counterexample that works
on all versions of Windows.  Other browsers already have this
platform-independence for simpler charsets (not involving BIDI), and may
soon have it for BIDI scripts as well.

Platform-independence is also the thrust of Java, which will have BIDI
support in the next release.

I don't think it would be wise at this time to enshrine Visual as a
standard way of doing the wrong thing.
François Yergeau <>
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