From: Doug Ewell <>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 02:34:42 +0000

So what you are asking about is a directional control character that would assign subsequent characters a BC of 'AL', right?

You don't want to call this a LANGUAGE MARK or anything else that implies language identification, because of the existence of "real" language identification mechanisms and the history of Unicode and language tagging.

Doug Ewell
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From: Richard Wordingham <>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 03:19:39 
To: Unicode Mailing List<>
Subject: Re: RTL PUA?
On Sun, 21 Aug 2011 23:55:46 +0000
"Doug Ewell" <> wrote:
There are *three* strong directionalities - 'L' left-to-right, 'AL'
right-to-left as in Arabic, 'R' right-to-left (as in Hebrew, I
suspect).  'AL' and 'R' have different effects on certain characters
next to digits - it's the mind-numbing part of the BiDi algorithm.
With one a $ sign after a string of European (or is it Arabic?) digits
appears on the left and in the other it appears on the right.  I
can't remember whether 'higher-level protocols' have an effect on this
logic. LRM has a BC of L, RLM has a BC of R, but no invisible character
has a BC of AL. That's why I tentatively raised the notion of ARABIC
LANGUAGE MARK.  Incidentally, an RLO gives characters with a
temporary BC of R, not AL.
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