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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] Re: Re: RTL/LTR directional tags

On Mon, 2004-02-16 at 15:10, David Tolpin wrote:
> > > I assume that a proper Arabic editor inserts this character at the
> > > very beginning of the file or allows you to put it easily.
> > > 
> > Not really. A proper editor would have proper Bidi support ;) The only
> > editor that comes off the top of my head which can do this is Yudit. I
> > cannot say it is very popular among the Arabic users' community.
> I am confused by your notion of proper bidi support. Proper bidi
> support is by no means the adding  of bidi marks.
That's what I meant by the above. A proper Arabic editor (or
bidirectional for that matter) is one which supports bidirectionality,
without me the user having to explicitly insert directional marks.
That's a given.

> I'm using Windows XP  right now (and it is a very rare occasion
> with me, by the way). When I type a mix of Hebrew  and English in
> Wordpad, it is displayed with proper bidirectionality. No bidi marks
> are inserted (and they should not be inserted).  When I view the

Correct. That is the behavior of a proper editor ;)

> file's contents  using a tool without bidi support, I can easily
> see that the characters are stored in the order of input, without
> any bidi reordering coded in; thus the bidi is in Wordpad.

What I am saying is, only Yudit has those overriding directional marks
and whatever else (last I checked -- been awhile).

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