RE: Display of Mongolian in Arabic or Hebrew documents

From: Peter Constable (
Date: Wed Nov 21 2007 - 19:54:51 CST

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    > > In the case of Mongolian, the correct answer for 1 entails that,
    > > when set horizontally, it will display LTR, and that's going to be
    > > the default whether it's embedded in Chinese, Latin, Arabic or
    > > Hebrew. If an app vendor has enough user need for other options,
    > > they may support different layout options. From evidence I've seen,
    > > the need for short vertical runs of Mongolian embedding in
    > > horizontal text is much greater than the need for RTL Mongolian when
    > > embedded in Arabic, but there certainly may be other evidence that
    > > has yet to come to light.
    > >
    > I would say that the default behavior should be that individual
    > Mongonlian words be displayed vertically in horizontal texts, this is
    > the 'normal' way to write them - it is the rendering of Monglian
    > indivual words horizontally that is of itself unconventional.

    From an implementation perspective, that would not have been a good option: it makes the case that should be the *real* default -- vertical -- a lot more complicated. The way that makes vertical easy gives you horizontal LTR for free. That's why that's the default.


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