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Re: 'dir' attribute on BIDI inline elements and actual browsers

From: Mikko Rantalainen <mikko.rantalainen@peda.net>
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 17:43:18 +0200
Message-ID: <45880896.7010603@peda.net>
To: www-html@w3.org

Helmut Wollmersdorfer wrote:
> 8.2.3 Setting the direction of embedded text
> http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/struct/dirlang.html#h-8.2.3
> 
> describes the use of the 'dir'-attribute on inline elements, and gives a 
> nice (and simple) example.
> 
> Let me give another example:
> 
> <p>English1 <span dir="rtl">&#1506;&#1489;&#1512;&#1497;&#1514;2</span>. 
> <span dir="rtl">&#1506;&#1489;&#1512;&#1497;&#1514;3</span> Englisch4.</p>
> 
> In plain text
> English1 Hebrew2. Hebrew3 English4.
> 
> Which some browsers (Mozilla familiy, IE) display
> 
> [1] English1 3werbeH .2werbeH English4.
> 
> and Konqueror 3.5.5 displays
> 
> [2] English1 2werbeH. 3werbeH English4.
> 
> Which one is compliant to the W3C Specification?

I believe that the [1] variant is the correct one. As the span 
elements above are not nested with each other I think the correct 
rendering should be similar to rendering of

<p>English1 <span dir="rtl">&#1506;&#1489;&#1512;&#1497;&#1514;2.
&#1506;&#1489;&#1512;&#1497;&#1514;3</span> English4.</p>

or

<p>English1 &#1506;&#1489;&#1512;&#1497;&#1514;2.
&#1506;&#1489;&#1512;&#1497;&#1514;3 English4.</p>

which, if I've understood correctly, should be rendered like the [1] 
variant above.

(I interpret the above to contain two RTL text runs separated by 
neutral characters.)

-- 
Mikko
Received on Tuesday, 19 December 2006 15:43:34 GMT

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