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Re: New test for review: Bidi misc

From: Martin Duerst <duerst@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 08 Oct 2004 09:14:34 +0900
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To: "L. David Baron" <dbaron@dbaron.org>, GEO <public-i18n-geo@w3.org>, www-international@w3.org

At 15:52 04/10/07 -0700, L. David Baron wrote:

>This seems (I think, although I'm not sure where the letter boundaries
>are) to work correctly for me in Mozilla, Opera, and Konqueror, but
>that's probably because my windowing system (GNOME 2.6 on Fedora Core 2)
>handles bidirectional text and Arabic shaping.
>It seems like this should really be described as a test of the windowing
>system rather than a test of the browser.

I think you have a valid point here: The test tests bidirectionality
handling for titles, but it is dependent on the windowing system.
One way to handle this would be to have two tests:

1) precondition test: e.g. a single Arabic word, to test basic
    rendering, shaping, and bidi handling

2) feature test: a series of Arabic and Latin words that should get
    rendered differently with different values of the dir attribute.

The table for the interpretation of the results would then be:

Result          Result          Interpretation
of 1)           of 2)

fail                            don't even try 2),
                                your window system isn't up to it.

okay            fail            browser doesn't correctly pass bidi
                                 info to windowing system

okay            okay            browser handles dir for title correctly

Regards,   Martin.
Received on Friday, 8 October 2004 02:52:24 UTC

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