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

From: Antoine Leca (
Date: Thu Dec 07 2000 - 05:04:07 EST

Michael Everson wrote:
> Ar 09:45 -0800 2000-12-06, scríobh Antoine Leca:
> >Urdu written in Nagari script is left-to-right? This is new to me...
> No, Urdu written in Nagari script is Hindi.

There are a number of Muslim people that insist on naming it Urdu rather
than Hindi. Since both codes exist, and hence if you look at the "locale"
you are in fact looking after the language code, as a result, you "should"
be able to deal with requests such as "Urdu written in Nagari"; or "Urdu
written in Latin script"... (why not? after all, it is more practical when
you are using some random computer.)

Furthermore, as a language Urdu predates Hindi by a wide margin (several
centuries). And between Medieval times and XIXth century, this language,
named Urdu, was written alternatively using Nagari or Arabic script.
Now I agree that this is irrelevant to the current problem.

The real point is that the directionality is a property of the script,
and the script is not known only when you look at the language code
or name. Sorry if I was not clear cut when I first answered.


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