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Re: Unicode controls vs markup for text direction

From: Christopher Fynn <cfynn@gmx.net>
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2008 18:20:15 +0600
Message-ID: <47BEBDFF.4060605@gmx.net>
To: 'WWW International' <www-international@w3.org>
CC: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>, 'Tex Texin' <tex@yahoo-inc.com>

In the scenario's you describe why do we even need either mark-up or Unicode 
bidi control characters in the first place?

 > 	 <div lang="ar"><img/> TXET CIBARA</div>

Shouldn't the *default* direction when displaying the glyphs for a string of 
Arabic or Hebrew characters always be RTL - even when that string is in the 
middle of other (LTR) text?  The characters themselves have a default 
directionality and imo there should be no need to indicate directionality
except where we need to over-ride the default (e.g. to display a Latin string
as RTL or an Arabic sting as LTR).

- Chris

Received on Friday, 22 February 2008 12:20:37 UTC

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