From: Andrew West (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Oct 10 2008 - 04:13:33 CDT
2008/10/9 Andrew West <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> 1. My html page did not have a DOCTYPE declaration.
> 2. I was wrongly using html style comments within the <style> block.
> With either or both of these two features "writing-mode : tb-rl" works
> fine, but "writing-mode : tb-lr" does not work at all -- very strange!
> But when I add in a DOCTYPE declaration and change my comments within
> the <style> block to /* C-style comments */ the tb-lr layout works
After further experimentation with both my own test pages and
I find that tb-lr only works in IE8Beta2 if a DOCTYPE declaration is
present, even though tb-rl works whether a DOCTYPE declaration is
present or not. I would classify this as a bug in IE8.
However, if a DOCTYPE declaration is present, the huge downside is
that IE8 no longer allows the page to select what font to use for
rendering Mongolian text (whether using CSS font-family style or HTML
<font> tag). So, on my Vista pc, when a DOCTYPE declaration is present
Mongolian text is always rendered using Mongolian Baiti regardless of
what font I specify in the HTML or CSS. And of course, as the
long-standing bug with the IE being unable to configure what font to
use for Mongolian (see
still unfixed in IE8, it is impossible to configure what font to use
for Mongolian text from either the server or the client side, which I
would call a double-bug in IE8.
Unless, that is, you omit the DOCTYPE declaration form the page, in
which case IE8 does respect the font choice specified in the HTML or
CSS. So you can either have tb-lr layout but no way of selecting what
Mongolian font to use, or be able to select the Mongolian font to use
but not be able to have tb-lr layout .... grrrr!
Incidentally, this problem does not occur with Phags-pa (see
<http://babelstone.co.uk/Test/Phags-pa.html>), presumably because
Microsoft does not yet have a Phags-pa font that it wants to force
users to use instead of their preferred font.
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