Re: OT (Kind of): Determining whether Locales are left-to-right or right-to-left.

From: Michael \(michka\) Kaplan (
Date: Wed Dec 06 2000 - 12:36:03 EST

Well, there are lots of other Arabic script locales. Here is from a message
from Elaine Keown just the other day:

Arabic Balti Baluchi Berber Farsi Hausa Karaite Kashmiri Kazakh
Kirghiz Kurmanji Luri Mazanderani Moplah Panjabi---Pakistani Pashto
Pulaar Sindhi Siraiki (also known as Saraiki or Lahnda or Western Panjabi)
Sulu Uighur Urdu Uzbek Wolof

There are also several Hebrew ones such as Yiddish, Aramaic, etc.


Michael Kaplan
Trigeminal Software, Inc.

----- Original Message -----
From: "David Tooke" <>
To: "Unicode List" <>
Sent: Wednesday, December 06, 2000 8:48 AM
Subject: OT (Kind of): Determining whether Locales are left-to-right or

Is there a general mechanism for determining the directionality of a locale?

I am using Java Servlets to create HTML pages. Is there something that
will tell me when it is appropriate to generate the HTML in right to left as
opposed to left to right?

At the moment it looks like I have to maintain a table of right to left
locales myself. If that is the way to go, apart from the Arabic (ar);
Hebrew (he); Urdu (ur) which other locales is it appropriate to set the
directionality to right-to-left? Is there a standard document somewhere
that would tell me?

Thanks in advance.

David Tooke

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