Re: Directionality Standard

From: 'Stephane Bortzmeyer' (
Date: Wed Dec 19 2007 - 16:10:46 CST

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    On Tue, Dec 18, 2007 at 07:56:07PM -0500,
     Behnam <> wrote
     a message of 129 lines which said:

    > Can't a Hebrew site have a news in Hebrew, with a long quotation of
    > the speech of an American politician in English in an ltr paragraph?

    Yes, and Unicode handles it fine, in plain text, without the need for
    support from a markup language (because each Unicode character has a

    You need support from a markup language (for instance with the dir
    attribute of HTML) for some cases (such as the often quoted
    exclamation mark) but not for the general case, like the one you

    [And that's probably why many markup languages, like RSS, lived until
    now without such support.]

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