From: John Cowan (email@example.com)
Date: Sat May 15 2004 - 09:00:48 CDT
Jony Rosenne scripsit:
> However, in Hebrew and Arabic, numbers are written left to right and so are
> Latin and other LTR script quotations. So RTL really means mixed direction,
> and the bidi algorithm is there to handle it automatically with little user
BTW, Peter Daniels told me viva voce that arabophones, like persophones and
hebraeophones, do (hand)write numbers LTR starting with the most significant
digit. But we still have no confirmation from a native arabophone.
And if someone could explain the full significance of the Arabic-Indic
vs. the Eastern Arabic-Indic digits (other than glyph shape), I'd
appreciate it. I know that the EAI digits work just like the European ones,
whereas the AI digits work differently, but what is the effective difference?
> All of this is completely irrelevant to boustraphedon and vertical scripts.
> These are presentation issues that have not need for Unicode support.
Vertical Ogham does, but forced override is sufficient -- it doesn't need
an *implicit* bidi algorithm.
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