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Invalid relationship between bandwidth and spoken language

From: Rotan Hanrahan <rotan.hanrahan@mobileaware.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2007 12:59:27 -0000
Message-ID: <D5306DC72D165F488F56A9E43F2045D3E416C2@FTO.mobileaware.com>
To: <www-international@w3.org>
A colleague of mine, working in an Arabic speaking region of the world
has pointed out a comment [1] regarding the use of bidi markup, in which
it is stated: 

"Removing them will significantly simplify the document, and reduce
bandwidth - which may be an important consideration in countries where
Arabic is spoken."

This line seems to suggest that there is an association between lack of
adequate network bandwidth and the speaking of Arabic, an implication I
am sure was not intended. Firstly, the effect of bidi markup on
bandwidth consumption is negligible compared to the accompanying
graphics. Secondly, any saving on payload size should be seen as
universally beneficial, not just for countries characterised by the
language they speak.

I suggest that the closing part of that statement ("in countries where
Arabic is spoken") be removed from future revisions, as it is
unnecessary and open to misinterpretation.


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