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[Bug 10808] i18n comment 2 : new dir attribute value: auto, and a new attribute: autodirmethod

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Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com> changed:

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--- Comment #11 from Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com> 2010-10-18 16:55:19 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #10)
> Merging this into bug 10807 is predicated on adding an "auto" value to the CSS
> direction property. In discussions with CSS experts including fantasai, this
> was ruled out. I will have to defer to them for the reasons.

In general, the 'direction' property in CSS was sort of a mistake. 
Directionality of content is a property of the content, not the styling.  In
other words, a UA that doesn't support CSS shouldn't be forced to display
things incorrectly, or use complex custom heuristics to try and guess the
correct directionality.

It's never a good idea to fix directionality problems by adding to CSS.  They
should be fixed on the HTML markup level first, and then possibly backported to
CSS so that more generic languages without agreed-upon semantics for indicating
directionality can still be displayed correctly.

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