Thanks to Kim Peck (and Michael Everson!) for the lovely text orientations example.
So now the obvious question: does Unicode have a formal plan to expand the bidi algorithm to cover more text orientation options?
Is it extraordinarily difficult to do this, at the level of a Ph.D. thesis in algorithms, or is it a simpler problem? A Yiddishist and specialist in algorithms whom I wrote to said he heard the bidi algorithm is "really hairy."
An H-P interface specialist I met once told me his research group tried to build a text processor for Hebrew and Chinese because they thought it was the worst possible combination of languages.
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