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

From: Tex Texin (
Date: Thu Dec 07 2000 - 14:54:05 EST

David Tooke wrote:
> ...And in response to Tex.
> >I would spend less time debating which is correct, and simply offer
> >a button on the UI to flip the ordering of the page.
> Although we cannot have a option to store preferences for particular users,
> we will allow users to change the locale during the current session. This
> is initially set to the users browser default; but they can change it. We
> do not anticipate providing an option that just changes the page
> directionality. I believe if the user says 'ar_EG' they should get RTL, if
> they say 'en_US' then they should get LTR.

Since you have the technology
to flip the page direction, it is easy to make a button override. And as
there are examples where the user's locale is wrong for establishing the
page direction, it seems silly to me to ask the user to change his
to get the direction he wants. Doing so may also change other settings
ways he doesn't want. It also requires the user to know all of the
properties of
all of the locales to establish which ones change page direction but
keep other properties with the same or similar values.

However, you are free to do as you like. ;-)


According to Murphy, nothing goes according to Hoyle.
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