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Re: bidi and the initial current text position

From: Cameron McCormack <cam@mcc.id.au>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2011 16:14:10 +1200
To: Glenn Adams <glenn@skynav.com>
Cc: Alex Danilo <alex@abbra.com>, public-svg-wg@w3.org
Message-ID: <20110518041409.GE3424@wok.mcc.id.au>
Glenn Adams:
> Perhaps Batik is not correctly assigning the paragraph embedding level.
> Since SVG doesn't have a paragraph construct per se, I would expect the
> direction property on the <text/> element to determine the paragraph
> embedding level. In Cameron's example, that was "rtl", which would make the
> paragraph embedding level 0, not 1.

Just a quick note to say that I believe that’s the intention: that
<text> is treated like a block level element, and direction:rtl should
affect the paragraph embedding level, while for direction to have any
effect on <tspan>s unicode-bidi:bidi-override would be required.

http://www.w3.org/TR/SVG/text.html#DirectionProperty says:

  This property specifies the base writing direction of text and the
  direction of embeddings and overrides (see ‘unicode-bidi’) for
  the Unicode bidirectional algorithm. For the ‘direction’ property
  to have any effect on an element that does not by itself establish
  a new text chunk (such as a ‘tspan’ element without absolute
  position adjustments due to ‘x’ or ‘y’ attributes), the
  ‘unicode-bidi’ property’s value must be embed or bidi-override.

which doesn’t explicitly state that <text> is to be considered the
paragraph, but I think it makes sense.

Cameron McCormack ≝ http://mcc.id.au/
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