From: Behnam (email@example.com)
Date: Tue May 27 2008 - 17:56:21 CDT
On 27-May-08, at 5:28 PM, Kenneth Whistler wrote:
>> All I'm asking is to identify what I'm writing
>> now as 'English'.
> <p><span lang="en">All I'm asking is to identify what I'm writing
> now as 'English'.</span></p>
> That's what markup mechanisms are for.
I thought I had a simple solution for an important issue. As it
turned out, the solution doesn't seem to be simple and the importance
of the issue also can not be felt by most.
But to clarify what I meant, if for instance I wanted to write the
above quoted paragraph in Hebrew, I could select the directionality
of the paragraph first, then type *all I'm asking is to identify this
as 'Hebrew'* -in Hebrew of-course.
It is already identified as 'rtl'. I didn't write an html markup to
do this. I should be able to identify it as Hebrew as well.
Now if I start a text with an English paragraph introducing a Kurdish
text, which would follow in the next paragraph, the first paragraph
would be defined as English and the second as rtl and Kurdish.
This self contained language identity may amount to nothing for the
English part, or perhaps some typographic refinements at most. But it
could be crucial for the Kurdish part for which, the simple
instructions of plain text or even the refinements of general Arabic
setting of the font would not produce the correct result. It has to
be treated as Kurdish.
... and I don't type in html. I just type.
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