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

From: r12a via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 07 Feb 2019 11:04:48 +0000
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Yep, i was wondering those things too.  It could also be that the tendency to leave the gap to the right in Japanese punctuation is a new thing, too. The idea that RTL text in Japanese is and always was only for short pieces of text is supported by the article at https://www.sljfaq.org/afaq/right-to-left.html.

According to that article, more serious use of RTL text was a short-lived, failed experiment. 

> At the very beginning of the change to yokogaki, in the Meiji period (1868-1912), there was a short-lived form called migi yokogaki (右横書き), "right yokogaki", in contrast to hidari yokogaki (左横書き), "left yokogaki", the current form. This resembled the right-to-left horizontal writing style of languages such as Arabic or Hebrew with line breaks on the left hand side of the page. It was probably based on the traditional single-column right-to-left writing. This form was never widely used, and has not survived. 

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