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From: fantasai <fantasai@inkedblade.net>
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2005 23:41:28 -0400
Message-ID: <4355C068.6040906@inkedblade.net>
To: 'Richard Ishida' <ishida@w3.org>
CC: 'WWW International' <www-international@w3.org>

The BiDi CSS vs. Markup FAQ is not very accurate in its discussion of
XHTML:

   http://www.w3.org/International/questions/qa-bidi-css-markup
   http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-international/2005JulSep/0050

Basically, user agents that support XHTML will already know how to interpret
bidi markup; it isn't necessary to write the CSS codes for them yourself any
more than it is for HTML.  Furthermore, an XHTML user agent must support bidi
markup whether or not it supports CSS.

The only case where you'd need to write your own CSS rules for 'dir' and <bdo>
would be if you are sending your XHTML document to a generic XML viewer that
doesn't know anything about XHTML but does support CSS. For such a case you'd
need an entire default style sheet, not just the CSS for bidi controls, so I
don't think that detail belongs in this faq anyway.

~fantasai
Received on Wednesday, 19 October 2005 03:41:41 GMT

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