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RE: :first-letter and bidi reordering interaction

From: Ernest Cline <ernestcline@mindspring.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2004 18:03:27 -0400
Message-ID: <410-22004411922327468@mindspring.com>
To: "Ian Hickson" <ian@hixie.ch>
Cc: "Boris Zbarsky" <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>, "www-style Mailing List" <www-style@w3.org>


> [Original Message]
> From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
>
> On Mon, 19 Apr 2004, Ernest Cline wrote:
> >
> > You've given an extremely pathological case here thanks to
> > the direction:ltr.  Without the ltr, then by the bidi rules this would
> > be a rtl paragraph with a lot of ltr text embedded in it, so it would
> > make sense for the initial quote and the Y, which would be at the
> > right edge of the paragraph to receive the green color imparted
> > by :first-letter.
>
> Actually, without the 'ltr' it would be exactly the same, since 'ltr' is
> the initial value and 'direction' is an inherited property.

Actually, we're all wrong here.  Without setting the 'unicode-bidi'
property to "embed", it doesn't matter what the given paragraph
has for its direction property as far as the first letter is concerned.
That is because it will be a RTL paragraph by the normal bidi
rules and render as:

 is the "MIYALAHSUREY"
Hebrew word for
"Jerusalem."

and the only thing that 'direction' would affect is which side
the last line of the paragraph would justify to.
Received on Monday, 19 April 2004 18:03:27 GMT

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