Re: Left-to-Right and Right-to-Left Marks in 8-bit charsets

From: Kenneth Whistler (
Date: Thu Jun 19 2008 - 13:40:00 CDT

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    > The left-to-right mark U+200E and the right-to-left mark U+200F
    > are included in
    > - Hebrew ISO-8859-8
    > - Hebrew Windows-1255
    > - Arabic Windows-1256
    > at code positions xFD and xFE.
    > But they are not included in Arabic ISO-8859-6, where code positions
    > xFD and xFE are empty.
    > What is the reason for this asymmetric behaviour?

    Asymmetric behaviour by the national standards bodies
    participating in the development of ISO 8859 parts
    in the context of SC2/WG3, before SC2 agreed that
    further development of 8859 parts was in no one's
    best interests and focussed instead just on ISO/IEC 10646.


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