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I18N-ISSUE-25: Rendering bidi without a style sheet [HTML5]

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Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2011 12:41:25 +0000
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I18N-ISSUE-25: Rendering bidi without a style sheet  [HTML5]

http://www.w3.org/International/track/issues/25

Raised by: Richard Ishida
On product: HTML5

3.2.3.5 The dir attribute
http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/elements.html#the-dir-attribute

WG Approved: Yes

"The processing of this attribute depends on the presentation layer. For example, CSS 2.1 defines a mapping from this attribute to the CSS 'direction' and 'unicode-bidi' properties, and defines rendering in terms of those properties."

We think that HTML 5, like HTML 4, should be able to render bidirectional text without a style sheet. It would break backwards compatibility to remove the ability of a browser to do so without CSS. Therefore in our opinion, HTML 5 has to describe the expected behavior in at least the detail of HTML 4 rather than leave it up to the "presentation layer".

Note that we do not want to impose a requirement on implementations of HTML 5 to implement CSS, but you could describe the expected behaviour by just referencing CSS and defining a default stylesheet fragment. This would just mean that an HTML 5 implementation has to make things behave as if it used this CSS default stylesheet fragment.

IMPORTANT: This issue is being moved from our old review tracking system to the new tracker system. THIS ISSUE HAS ALREADY BEEN CLOSED.

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