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Subject: [OASIS Issue Tracker] (XLIFF-72) XLIFF 2.1 spec: the dir values are not sufficient for proper BiDi support

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David Filip commented on XLIFF-72:

I suggest to discuss this comment on the working list (xliff@lists.oasis-open.org), so that we can come up with a proposed solution for our first January meeting.

> XLIFF 2.1 spec: the dir values are not sufficient for proper BiDi support
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: XLIFF-72
>                 URL: https://issues.oasis-open.org/browse/XLIFF-72
>             Project: OASIS XML Localisation Interchange File Format (XLIFF) TC
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: other
>    Affects Versions: 2.1_cos01
>         Environment: http://markmail.org/thread/mjlilczn64jvh2yw
>            Reporter: David Filip
>            Assignee: David Filip
>              Labels: material, request_tc_discussion
>             Fix For: 2.1_os
> I am looking at this:
> http://docs.oasis-open.org/xliff/xliff-core/v2.1/xliff-core-v2.1.html#dir
> The possible values are lrt, rtl, and auto
> (with auto "determined heuristically, based on the first strong directional
> character in scope, see [UAX #9]").
> That is the same as the HTML dir attribute
>     https://www.w3.org/TR/2014/REC-html5-20141028/dom.html#the-dir-attribute
> But that is not enough, because the direction based on the first char
> results in bad rendering at times.
> So the HTML standard added <bdi> and <bdo>
> And also CSS needed to add even more control, with unicode-bidi:
>    https://www.w3.org/TR/CSS2/visuren.html#direction
> The values in the CSS2 standard seem to be normal, embed, bidi-override,
> inherit
> But more are coming: normal, embed, isolate, bidi-override,
> isolate-override, plaintext
> (https://www.w3.org/TR/css-writing-modes-3/#unicode-bidi)
> Mozilla and Chrome (and probably others will follow) already support these
> values:
>     https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/CSS/unicode-bidi
> Chrome also supports "initial" (I don't check about Firefox)
> So the proposed values for dir seem insufficient.
> Kind of a pity to release something that is already outdated, without
> learning from what others did...

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