Updates to two Working Group Notes published

Authoring HTML: Handling Right-to-left Scripts[1] and Authoring HTML: 
Language declarations[2] have both been updated to a new format that 
lists do’s and don’ts, but points to existing or new articles for 
detailed information. This will significantly help in keeping the 
material up to date in the future as technology changes. The documents 
have also been thoroughly overhauled to reflect the latest changes and 
information on

The first document provides advice to content authors using HTML markup 
and CSS style sheets about how to create pages for languages that use 
right-to-left scripts, such as Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Thaana, Urdu, 
etc. It explains how to create content in right-to-left scripts that 
builds on but goes beyond the Unicode bidirectional algorithm, as well 
as how to prepare content for localization into right-to-left scripts.

The second helps content authors specify the language of content, which 
is useful for a wide number of applications, from 
linguistically-sensitive searching to applying language-specific display 
properties. In some cases the potential applications for language 
information are still waiting for implementations to catch up, whereas 
in others it is a necessity today. Adding markup for language 
information to content is something that can and should be done now and 
as content is first developed. If not, it will be much more difficult to 
take advantage of any future developments.

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/2014/NOTE-i18n-html-tech-bidi-20140603/

[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/2014/NOTE-i18n-html-tech-lang-20140603/

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