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Re: Proposal for new direction attribute

From: Andrew Cunningham <andrewc@vicnet.net.au>
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2013 11:49:42 +1100
Message-ID: <CAOUP6KmAESpntaYH1MKT+pXwBqwyHx56k6Xuj6twCyJTRJp5nw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Cc: "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>, "Amir E. Aharoni" <amir.aharoni@mail.huji.ac.il>
HI Leif.

On 21 February 2013 12:53, Leif Halvard Silli <
xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no> wrote:

> The main benefit here is to introduce the new isolation behavior. Thus
> by first doing <html dir="auto">, you can, if you want, continue to tag
> languages like you do today. So you could e.g. do this:
> <html lang="he" dir="auto"><body dir="rtl">Lorem.</body></html>

> This would work both in legacy browsers and in updated browsers.

so for unsupported AND supported languages we'd have the markup up:

<div lang="langcode" dir="auto">
    <div dir="rtl">Lorem Ipsum</div>

which would make the idea of automatically applying direction based on
language redundant, wouldn't it?

Since for backwards compatibility and for unsupported languages the markup
would be the same the same. And for environments where you need to use both
supported and unsupported languages, the markup would still have to be the

Andrew Cunningham
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