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

From: David Tooke (
Date: Thu Dec 07 2000 - 15:09:12 EST

> 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 locale
I appreciate what you are saying. I do think, however, that the user's
selected locale should establish (at least initially) the page direction. I
can see that we should probably allow the page direction change as well as
the locale change. I really think that the locale should set the default
for the page direction. As I said before, I thinking switching between an
Arabic locale and US English *should* flip the page direction. It seems
fundementally wrong to have the user have to make that switch as well as
changing the locale. I think having the locale as ar_EG and the direction
as "LTR" or the locale as en_US and the direction of "RTL" should be the
exception rather than the rule. The user should have to explicitly set
these states. Otherwise ar_EG = RTL and en_US = LTR.

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