Date: Sun, 4 May 1997 17:36:18 +0200 (MET DST) From: "Martin J. Duerst" <email@example.com> To: Larry Masinter <firstname.lastname@example.org> cc: URI mailing list <email@example.com> Subject: Re: "Difficult Characters" draft In-Reply-To: <336A3609.668A@parc.xerox.com> Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.96.970504172656.245p-100000@enoshima> On Fri, 2 May 1997, Larry Masinter wrote: > > Other issues: > > The bidi issues for RLT languages in conjunction with > > normal punctuation used in and around identifiers. (Will > > the identifiers present themselves 'correctly' without > > these characters in all cases?) > > When you type Hebrew and enter: > > "http://host.il/WERBEH/DROW" > > (HEBREW WORD), might some typing software add direction markers > and some other typing software leave it out? When the above sequence is typed (in logical/phonetical order as HEBREW/WORD) in a *plain text context* and with a display engine using the Unicode BIDI algorithm, it will not appear as desired, i.e. as WERBEH/DROW. The same applies to a lot of other kinds of formal syntax, in particular also to HTML/SGML syntax. Sadly enough, there doesn't seem anything much that can be done to change this. The aim of the upcomming draft for BIDI for URLs (or identifiers) is to define their display (and input) behaviour in places where these identifiers are handled as such, i.e. the input field at the top of a browser page, the file list display in finder-like places, and URL input/display in structured HTML editors,... Regards, Martin.