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Subject: Re: [office-comment] marking directionality of text inside a paragraph

On Wed, 2011-10-19 at 12:12 -0600, Andreas J. Guelzow wrote:
> On Wed, 2011-10-19 at 11:41 -0600, Amir E. Aharoni wrote:
> > Modern operating environments take care of right-to-left character
> > ordering, usually without the need for further intervention, so
> > OpenOffice doesn't need to do much about it (although it probably does
> > something). The ordering of punctuation, however, is ambiguous, and
> > without manual settings it is often shown incorrectly. It is
> > reasonably easy in manually-coded HTML, it is not-so-great in MS-Word
> > and it is impossible in OpenDocument (unless i am missing something).
> > I am not familiar with any program that allows to do it with a GUI and
> > without manual coding.
> I am still not quite sure why you say it is "impossible in
> OpenDocument"? 

Isn't what you want easily achievable by the insertion of certain
Unicode control characters in the Unicode string stored in the
OpenDocument Format file? The question of an interface and so of the
visibility of this of course is a question for the consumers and
producers of ODF, but that is outside the OpenDocument Format

> I note that your previous messages referred to OpenOffice. While there
> is clearly a relationship between what is possible in OpenOffice and
> what can be stored in OpenDocument Format, there are clearly many things
> that are storable in OpenDocument Format (without the use of foreign
> attributes) that are not supported in OpenOffice. 
> And I would like to think that anything can be done in OpenDocument by
> using its extension mechanism (of course that would likely lead to
> problems with interoperability).
> Andreas

Andreas J. Guelzow, PhD, FTICA
Concordia University College of Alberta

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