[widgets] i18n <span> element VS unicode RLM/LRM

Hi, i18n-WG.
In recent feedback we received from Addison Phillips regarding the
Widgets 1.0: Packaging specification, he suggested that WebApps should
add a <span>-like element to our Widget Configuration Document format
(so to allow bidi text to be declared).

At our last F2F, WebApps discussed the proposition and we were left
wondering if we can use unicode's RLM/LRM characters instead of a
<span>-like element? Can i18n please advise us on this? Not having the
<span>-like element significantly simplifies our processing model. We
don't want to sacrifice i18n for the sake of simplicity, so we really
need your guidance again on how to move forward.

Having read "Internationalization Best Practices: Handling
Right-to-left Scripts in XHTML and HTML Content", we are aware that
there are problems with text editors ATM, but we are hoping the tools
will improve as Unicode support becomes more common place (or is that
wishful thinking?).

Kind regards,
Marcos Caceres

Received on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 10:20:06 UTC