Thanks for your prompt replies.
I noticed from that list that there are quite a few languages that do not
have 2 character ISO 639 codes.
Balti Baluchi Berber Hausa Karaite Kurmanji Luri Mazanderani
Pulaar Siraiki (also known as Saraiki or Lahnda or Western Panjabi)
Is it true that one would not be able set their browser locales to these
languages as it appears ISO 639 is a pre-requisite for this?
dumb question 1. Is Aramaic (which doesn't seem to have a 2 character ISO
code) the same as Amharic (which does...AM)? If not, Amharic appears to be
a Semetic language too, is that written right-to-left too?
dumb question 2. Are there an known cases where the full locale name
(language+country+variant) has a different directionality as for the root
language? I know that some languages are written in different scripts
based on the locale; are there any cases where there are a two scripts that
have the same language code in their locale but differ in their writing
----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael (michka) Kaplan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "David Tooke" <email@example.com>; "Unicode List"
Sent: Wednesday, December 06, 2000 11:36 AM
Subject: Re: OT (Kind of): Determining whether Locales are left-to-right or
> Well, there are lots of other Arabic script locales. Here is from a
> from Elaine Keown just the other day:
> Arabic Balti Baluchi Berber Farsi Hausa Karaite Kashmiri Kazakh
> Kirghiz Kurmanji Luri Mazanderani Moplah Panjabi---Pakistani
> Pulaar Sindhi Siraiki (also known as Saraiki or Lahnda or Western
> 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" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: "Unicode List" <email@example.com>
> 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
> 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
> 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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