Edit ISSUE-479: Marking tables as right-to-left in the media type

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  1. RE: Closure of tabular-data-model issues (from matitiahu.allouche@gmail.com on 2015-09-20) (from matitiahu.allouche@gmail.com on 2015-09-20)
  2. Closure of tabular-data-model issues (from ishida@w3.org on 2015-09-17) (from ishida@w3.org on 2015-09-17)
  3. I18N-ISSUE-479: Marking tables as right-to-left in the media type [tabular-data-model] (from sysbot+tracker@w3.org on 2015-06-16) (from sysbot+tracker@w3.org on 2015-06-16)

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Can somebody check how this is handled e.g. in Microsoft Excel and similar software? Is the A column on the right in the Arabic and Hebrew versions of such software? What happens if a CSV file from a left-to-right software version (e.g. English) is opened in a right-to-left version of the software, and vice versa? My guess would be that in general, table columns are in logical ordering, and are presented according to the preferences of the human viewer. In general, this would work with most data where the columns follow a clear logical order, e.g. years or months,... In that case, we wouldn't need any directionality information in the media type; indeed such information would be counterproductive.

Martin Dürst, 17 Jun 2015, 05:20:05

Request for comment removed. Propose we CLOSE this.

Richard Ishida, 16 Sep 2015, 12:25:42


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