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Re: Proposal for new direction attribute

From: Amir E. Aharoni <amir.aharoni@mail.huji.ac.il>
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:53:51 +0200
Message-ID: <CACtNa8vF_6W=Os9YVtz6FA+bd-2DegPS=2zYSP22M+KAoc_ZVw@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Aharon (Vladimir) Lanin" <aharon@google.com>
Cc: Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>, Andrew Cunningham <acunningham@slv.vic.gov.au>, "public-i18n-bidi@w3.org" <public-i18n-bidi@w3.org>, "Phillips, Addison" <addison@lab126.com>, Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>, www International <www-international@w3.org>
2013/2/21 Aharon (Vladimir) Lanin <aharon@google.com>:
> Can we please take it as a given that the language of a piece of data is
> very often unknown to the web application. I know that this is not the case
> at Wikipedia, but generally web apps have to deal with things like user
> generated content, which can be in an arbitrary language and can (and does)
> mix languages, and with information obtained from various databases, which
> do not always declare the language of their data. In addition, even when the
> language of text data is ultimately available at the data source,
> applications are rarely written a-priori to pass that information around
> together with each piece of text data, and modifying an existing app to do
> so is usually a daunting task that rarely makes it to the list of
> priorities. Thus, we must have a solution for isolates that works in the
> absence of the lang attribute. This is what the proposal is about. Once we
> decide how that should be done, we can try to address the lang issue.

Of course. My proposal is about setting default direction according to
language, and only when a language was specified. It is not about
setting direction exclusively according to language.

Amir Elisha Aharoni · אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
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