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

From: John Cowan (
Date: Wed Dec 06 2000 - 13:51:07 EST

David Tooke wrote:

> 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?

No, Amharic is written with Ethiopic script, which is left-to-right.
In general, directionality is a script property, not a language
or locale property: any language written using Arabic, Hebrew,
Syriac, or Thaana script remains right-to-left even when embedded
in some foreign locale, unless it is transliterated into Latin script.

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