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231 Bidi Parenthesis Algorithm 2012.07.23
Status: Closed
Originator: UTC
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Resolution: A proposed update of UAX #9 will be issued for Unicode version 6.2.1, including a version of the BPA proposal discussed in the August 2012 UTC meeting.

Description of Issue:

The Unicode Technical Committee is seeking feedback on a proposal to enhance the Unicode Bidirectional Algorithm (UAX #9) with additional logic—a bidirectional parenthesis algorithm (BPA)—for processing paired punctuation marks such as parentheses. This proposal is intended to produce better bidi-layout results in common text sequences that involve paired punctuation marks.

The proposal document considers two approaches that could be taken to incorporate the enhancement into UAX #9:

See the Background Document.

The following are some specific points on which feedback is requested (section numbers refer to sections in the background document):

Feedback on any other aspect of the proposal is, of course, also welcomed.

The Unicode Technical Committee has also received an independent, but related, proposal to encode additional bidi control characters. These would allow adjacent runs of text to be isolated from one another in terms of bidi-layout effects. That proposal follows recent W3C enhancements to HTML and CSS, which add corresponding bidi-layout control mechanisms (the unicode-bidi:isolate and unicode-bidi:plaintext properties). The problem scenarios of concern for the BPA proposal overlap at least in part with those of this other initiative.

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