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Re: Is it correct ? (Specification)

From: Frank Yung-Fong Tang <franktang@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2005 08:59:19 -0400
Message-ID: <2e4dfd69050828055915888e1f@mail.gmail.com>
To: Koba <koba@antenna.co.jp>
Cc: www-math@w3.org, WWW International <www-international@w3.org>
2005/8/27, Koba <koba@antenna.co.jp>:
> 
> 
> Hello!
> 
> The following sentence:
> 
> This version of MathML is not knowingly incompatible with the needs of
> languages which are written from left to right.
> 
> That is in the third paragraph of 1.3.2 Relation to Other Web Technology,
> within http://www.w3.org/TR/2003/REC-MathML2-20031021/chapter1.html
> 
> Is that correct ?


1. Well... do you know any compatible issue of this version of MathML with 
the needs of languages which are written from left to right?
If NOT, then the statement is correct. 
2. do you know any compatible issue of this version of MathML with the needs 
of languages which are written from right to left?
I think we know some, so if the statement is "This version of MathML is not 
knowingly incompatible with the needs of languages which are written from 
right to left." then it is incorrect.

I can surely understand why you mention this issue. The use of "dobule 
negative" English in the spec is really not 'i18n' at all. No body will 
understand what such sentance really mean with high confidence by reading 
any translation of such sentance. (and no matter how you translate it). 

It seems to me left to right should be right to left.
> 
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