From: Peter Constable (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Nov 21 2007 - 19:54:51 CST
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
> > 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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