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New tutorial: Creating (X)HTML Pages in Arabic & Hebrew

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Getting bidirectional text to display correctly can sometimes appear baffling and frustrating, but it need not be so. If you have struggled with this or have yet to start, this tutorial should help you adopt the best approach to marking up your content, and explain enough of how the bidirectional algorithm works that you will understand much better the root causes of most of your problems. It also addresses some common misconceptions about ways to deal with markup for bidirectional content.

At the end of this tutorial you should be able to:

  • create effective XHTML and HTML pages containing text written in the Arabic or Hebrew (or other right-to-left) scripts,
  • understand the basics of how the Unicode bidirectional algorithm works, so that you can understand why bidirectional text behaves the way it does, and how to work around problems,and
  • take decisions about the appropriateness of alternatives to markup.

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