From: Chris Jacobs (
Date: Wed May 12 2004 - 21:09:59 CDT

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    > > Are you opposed in principle to having small encoded
    > > blocks which have multiple potential directionalities?
    > Yes.
    > The Unicode Standard is a plain text standard, *not* a
    > text layout standard. See Section 2.9 of The Unicode
    > Standard, Version 4.0 for what the standard has to say
    > on this.
    > The extent of directional layout required of a *plain text*
    > standard is the bidirectional algorithm, which sorts
    > out how a (horizontal) *line* of text is laid out when
    > text of opposite directions is mixed. Beyond that, you
    > are on to higher level protocols for textual layout.
    > Those are out of scope for the Unicode Standard.
    > --Ken

    And even for a "(horizontal) *line* of text"

    If you have rich text, so you can choose to use either the bidi algorithm or
    the rich text facilities to do the bidi.
    Then the rich text facilities are preferable?


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