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Re: [csswg-drafts] [css-writing-modes] Support rtl Chinese (#2754)

From: Florian Rivoal via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 07 Feb 2019 01:12:50 +0000
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> If you look at the caption in the picture of the Taiwanese newspaper above you'll see that commas look the same in that (printed) RTL text as in LTR text. (Also note that all commas in Hebrew look the same as English commas - no mirroring.) Do you have evidence to suggest that this is not the normal approach, or are you just guessing?

I have no evidence, and that doesn't bother me at all for Chinese, because the punctuation marks are centered. For Hebrew, the space next to the comma gets bidi-reordered as well, to there's no problem either. But Japanese commas and period include a blank right half, and that blank feels very weird to me if writing in RTL. When switching to a vertical text, the blank upper half is removed and replaced by a blank lower half to keep the comma / period next to the preceeding phrase and away from the following phrase. Independently of the shape of the punctuation mark, I'd expect something similar to happen to the spacing in RTL mode.

That said, that's just my expectation, and I have no material to look at to judge whether that is correct. Or maybe it's irrelevant, because it just never happens, and RTL Japanese is either old (before punctuation was a thing), or short phrases on signs, where punctuation isn't used.

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