ISSUE-117: Close definition of dir auto

Close definition of dir auto

State:
CLOSED
Product:
html
Raised by:
Addison Phillips
Opened on:
2011-07-23
Description:
3.2.3.4 The xml:base attribute (XML only)
http://www.w3.org/TR/html5/elements.html#the-xml:base-attribute-xml-only

The dir 'auto' value has this note:

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The heuristic used by this state is very crude (it just looks at the first character with a strong directionality, in a manner analogous to the Paragraph Level determination in the bidirectional algorithm). Authors are urged to only use this value as a last resort when the direction of the text is truly unknown and no better server-side heuristic can be applied.
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Does HTML5 need to define auto so closely that no user-agent can provide a better algorithm? That seems counter-productive. Some room for innovation should be preserved.
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Related emails:
  1. Re: I18N-ISSUE-117: Close definition of dir auto [HTML5-prep] (from matial@il.ibm.com on 2011-07-24)
  2. I18N-ISSUE-117: Close definition of dir auto [HTML5-prep] (from sysbot+tracker@w3.org on 2011-07-23)

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Addison Phillips, 18 Jul 2013, 01:17:53

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