[Bug 10808] text with unknown direction gets corrupted when inserted in content with opposite direction


--- Comment #33 from Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> 2010-11-04 07:31:16 UTC ---
I really don't think that giving authors the ability to pick an algorithm is
the way to go. I barely understand this stuff, and I've spent part of my career
writing bidi algorithm test cases; expecting authors to be able to legitimately
pick the best algorithm is just hopelessly optimistic, IMHO.

If there's an algorithm better than what the bidi spec says, then let's use
that. But let's not introduce options that authors won't understand. The few
authors who really want a better algorithm can always implement it themselves,
after all.

I just reread this whole bug, and one thing that I can't help but wonder is
whether any solution here will really work reliably enough to be considered a
success. Shouldn't we just require any content developer who works with bidi
text to keep track of the direction of any of the text they want to output? The
browser isn't going to be in any better a position to guess the direction than
the site is, and often in fact will be in a far worse position.

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Received on Thursday, 4 November 2010 07:31:18 UTC