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Re: comment on "Internationalized Resource Identifiers (IRI) draft-duerst-iri-01": 4.1 Bidi IRI Structure

From: Martin Duerst <duerst@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 13 Jul 2002 17:01:25 +0900
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To: "Matitiahu Allouche" <matial@il.ibm.com>, www-i18n-comments@w3.org
Cc: w3c-i18n-ig@w3.org, ietf-bidi@imc.org, bidi@unicode.org

Hello Mati,

Many thanks for your comments on the bidi section of

I have implemented this in my editing version. I think
the reason for the original wording was that we wanted
to be on the safe side.

I also note that we seem to now be very close to section 6 of

Regards,   Martin.

At 12:26 02/07/12 +0300, Matitiahu Allouche wrote:

>Section 4.1 list 3 restrictions for components in a Bidi IRI.  The third
>restriction says:
> >       3) A component using right-to-left characters MUST NOT use any
> >          other class of characters (e.g.  neutrals or numbers).
>This seems to me much too restrictive without a corresponding benefit.  I
>suggest the following change:
>        3) A component using right-to-left characters MUST start and end
>with right-to-left characters.  Other class of characters (e.g.  neutrals 
>or numbers) may be used in
>Explanation:  the mixing of right-to-left and left-to-right characters
>within a component is already disallowed by restriction #1.  So the only
>other classes of graphic characters remaining are numbers and neutrals. As
>long as they do not appear at an extremity, they do not create ambiguity
>or "blending" of the display of logically disconnected parts.  Unless
>someone can provide examples of bad cases which are avoided by the
>original restriction #3 but are allowed by my proposed version, I suggest
>to release the restriction according to my proposal.
>Shalom (Regards),  Mati
>            Bidi Architect
>            Globalization Center Of Competency - Bidirectional Scripts
>            IBM Israel
>            Phone: +972 2 5870999  ext. 1202    Fax: +972 2 5870333 Mobile:
>+972 52 554160
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