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RE: Invalid relationship between bandwidth and spoken language

From: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2007 14:11:16 -0000
To: "'Rotan Hanrahan'" <rotan.hanrahan@mobileaware.com>
Cc: <www-international@w3.org>
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From: www-international-request@w3.org
[mailto:www-international-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Rotan Hanrahan
Sent: 09 March 2007 12:59
To: www-international@w3.org
Subject: Invalid relationship between bandwidth and spoken language



A colleague of mine, working in an Arabic speaking region of the world has
pointed out a comment [1] regarding the use of bidi markup, in which it is
stated: 



“Removing them will significantly simplify the document, and reduce
bandwidth - which may be an important consideration in countries where
Arabic is spoken.”

This line seems to suggest that there is an association between lack of
adequate network bandwidth and the speaking of Arabic, an implication I am
sure was not intended. Firstly, the effect of bidi markup on bandwidth
consumption is negligible compared to the accompanying graphics. Secondly,
any saving on payload size should be seen as universally beneficial, not
just for countries characterised by the language they speak.

I suggest that the closing part of that statement (“in countries where
Arabic is spoken”) be removed from future revisions, as it is unnecessary
and open to misinterpretation.



---Rotan.

[1] HYPERLINK
"http://www.w3.org/International/geo/html-tech/tech-bidi.html#ri20030726.132
037950"http://www.w3.org/International/geo/html-tech/tech-bidi.html#ri200307
26.132037950




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