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Re: For review: New editor's draft of Authoring HTML: Handling Right-to-left Scripts

From: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 13 May 2013 20:57:57 +0100
Message-ID: <519145C5.9020500@w3.org>
To: "Amir E. Aharoni" <amir.aharoni@mail.huji.ac.il>
CC: www International <www-international@w3.org>
Hello Amir,

On 11/05/2013 14:59, Amir E. Aharoni wrote:
> Both this document as well as "Internationalization Techniques:
> Authoring HTML & CSS" say not to add the dir attribute to the <body>
> element, but they don't clearly explain why. It would be useful to explain it.
> This document says: "Do not use CSS styling to control directionality
> in HTML. Use markup."
> It should explain why is it bad to use CSS, or link to a document that
> explains it.

In the section "How to Use this Document" it says:

"This document lists a number of do's and dont's, which we will refer to 
as techniques, related to authoring pages in right-to-left scripts. 
Where needed, you can get further information and explanations by 
following the links listed with each section."

Perhaps I should not assumed however that people would read the 
introduction (although I wonder whether you tried following the links, 
and still felt stuck?).

I thought it might work better to add direct links to the places where 
you can find detailed explanations, from an icon at the end of the do or 
don't.  This will probably mean that we need to update the document more 
frequently, but that should be doable.

I applied it to section 4 only so far.

> This sentence has a redundant full stop in the end:
> "Only use bidi markup to set the base direction for the document as a
> whole, or where you need to change the base direction.."

Thanks. Fixed.


> --
> Amir Elisha Aharoni · אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
> http://aharoni.wordpress.com
> ‪“We're living in pieces,
> I want to live in peace.” – T. Moore‬
> 2013/5/10 Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>:
>> As part of the update of materials related to bidirectional text in HTML/CSS
>> the editor's draft of Authoring HTML: Handling Right-to-left Scripts has
>> seen significant changes.
>> Please take a look at the document and send any comments to this list. If
>> all goes well, we expect to begin to publish this version as a replacement
>> for the current WG Note, in a couple of weeks time.
>> http://www.w3.org/International/docs/bp-html-bidi/
>> List of major changes:
>> + All detailed content from sections 4 to 9 has been removed, to leave only
>> the summary do's and don'ts text.
>> This is because the previous detailed content was largely out of date, and
>> we wanted to consolidate all the information into a single location, to make
>> maintenance and lookup of information much easier. The document, instead,
>> links to the techniques index (which has also been significantly updated to
>> reflect recent changes to the bidi tutorials and articles).
>> + The section "Authoring with localization in mind" has been removed
>> altogether, since the content of that section needs to be reconsidered.
>> + All do's and don'ts have been revised to incorporate recent changes, esp.
>> related to HTML5, that are now incorporated into the new tutorial and
>> article materials.
>> + Some editorial changes were made to sections 1 to 3. The section "How to
>> use this document" has been changed to reflect the new composition of the
>> document.
>> + The document was recreated as an HTML5 page, and is now authored using
>> respec, and the styles have been changed.
>> --
>> Richard Ishida, W3C
>> http://rishida.net/

Richard Ishida, W3C
Received on Monday, 13 May 2013 19:58:25 UTC

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