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[review feedback] qa-html-dir

From: Matitiahu Allouche <matitiahu.allouche@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2013 17:25:13 +0200
To: <www-international@w3.org>
Cc: "Richard Ishida" <ishida@w3.org>
Message-ID: <078b01ce19b5$a40d8ed0$ec28ac70$@gmail.com>
These are my comments on the document stored at http://www.w3.org/International/tutorials/new-bidi-xhtml/qa-html-dir


1) In section “Handling alignment”, the example is for a LTR page. The text should say so.


2) In section “Working with tables”, it is not obvious that the content of the cells in the second row is right-aligned. Making the column wider than the text will make this more apparent.


3) In section “Don't go markup crazy!”, second paragraph, replace the first occurrence of “unnecessary” by “unneeded”.


4) In the same section, the paragraph 

“The Arabic example on the following picture shows bad usage. None of the dir attributes are needed if dir="rtl" has been added to the html element.”

     could rather be replaced by
“The Arabic example on the following picture shows bad usage. The dir=”rtl” attributes are redundant if dir="rtl" has been added to the html element. The dir=”ltr” attributes are superfluous since without them the Unicode bidi algorithm would create the same display.”


5) In section “Reporting direction to the server”, we find “So if the user switches the direction of the form in the example above to RTL…”.

a. It is not clear here how one switches direction of the form. This is explained later in section “Setting direction on forms explicitly”, thus a reference to it here would be in order.

Note that the phrasing is not quite accurate, since the direction setting is done on *form entry fields*, each one separately, rather than on forms themselves.

b. The source of the example has dir=”auto” specified explicitly for the input element. I think that it should also figure in the visible version of the example, or you should explain that it is implied for the input element, if this is the case (which I don’t think it is).

c. Once it is established that the direction of the input element is auto, you don’t need to make the user switch the direction of the form. It is enough to say “If the user enters RTL data in the comment element of the example above…”


6) The juxtaposition of section “Reporting direction to the server” to section “Displaying bidi text in the textarea and pre elements” which evokes text area and pre elements containing multiple paragraphs brings up the question of how dirname would work with such multi-paragraph elements.


7) In section “Inserting text into a page with the right base direction”, “the browsers skips” should  be “the browser skips”.



Shalom (Regards),  Mati

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