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Re: Web Notifications I18N Review: [I18N-ISSUE-161, I18N-ISSUE-162]

From: Asmus Freytag <asmusf@ix.netcom.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2012 09:20:15 -0700
Message-ID: <4FEC843F.2090105@ix.netcom.com>
To: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@annevk.nl>
CC: Norbert Lindenberg <w3@norbertlindenberg.com>, Doug Turner <dougt@mozilla.com>, Addison Phillips <addison@lab126.com>, www-international@w3.org, public-web-notification@w3.org, "Olli.Pettay" <opettay@mozilla.com>
Unlike a language tag, which is information about the text, direction 
information is an essential part of the core content of a text stream 

When direction information is required to disambiguate the layout of a 
text, the user cannot necessarily determine what the correct direction 
should have been, and therefore in some cases cannot know the content of 
the text. In contrast, assuming it's in a familiar language, the user 
can read a piece of text without having to be told the language (extreme 
degenerate cases excepted).

That is a crucial distinction.

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