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Updated article: Inline markup and bidirectional text in HTML

Inline markup and bidirectional text in HTML is a major update of the article formerly titled What You Need to Know About the Bidi Algorithm and Inline Markup, and reflects the recent changes in bidi markup in the HTML5 specification.

Technically speaking, the main change is that the dir attribute now isolates text by default with respect to the bidi algorithm. Isolation as a default is the recommendation of the Unicode Standard as of version 6.3.

For the less technical-minded, the main advantage of this change is a much simpler transition for both content authors and browser developers who want reap the benefits of isolation. At the same time, these approaches have good results for existing legacy content.

For review: Update to What you need to know about the bidi algorithm and inline markup

An updated version of What you need to know about the bidi algorithm and inline markup is out for wide review. We are looking for comments over the next two weeks. After the review period is over, this content will be copied to the same location as the current version of What you need to know about the bidi algorithm and inline markup and the URL of the updated version will cease to exist.

The update rewrites the article to reflect the recent changes in bidi markup in the HTML5 specification.

Technically speaking, the main change is that the dir attribute now isolates text by default with respect to the bidi algorithm. Isolation as a default is the recommendation of the Unicode Standard as of version 6.3.

From a less technical point of view, the main advantages to the update are that the new methods introduced here reduce the need to use a new approach when the direction of content is known, and therefore makes for a much simpler transition for both content authors and browser developers to support the advances in the handling of bidirectional text content. At the same time, these approaches have good results for existing legacy content.

Please send comments to www-international@w3.org.

4 new articles about working with HTML markup in Arabic, Hebrew and Other Right-to-left Scripts

Creating HTML Pages in Arabic, Hebrew and Other Right-to-left Scripts
This tutorial has been modified to bring it in line with the current tutorial format. Rather than contain duplicate content, it now introduces the novice to key concepts and points off to useful further reading in an organized fashion. It has been completely rewritten.

Text direction and structural markup in HTML
This article has been created from material formerly in the tutorial “Creating HTML Pages in Arabic, Hebrew and Other Right-to-left Scripts” and augmented with information about new HTML5 markup constructs that are beginning to see adoption. It should be regarded as a new article, focusing on applying bidi markup to document- and block-level content, including forms.

What you need to know about the bidi algorithm and inline markup
This is an update of an existing article, but it has been almost completely rewritten. The most significant changes are the new parts describing how to apply the new HTML5 constructs which are beginning to see adoption. Additional changes will be needed as HTML5 bidi markup is finalised over the coming months. The article also proposes a simpler way to approach markup of bidi text, particularly useful for those with less experience, that relies less on a deep understanding of the issues involved.

Visual vs. logical ordering of text
This is a new article created from material that has been removed from the previously mentioned articles. It was removed into a separate article because visual ordering is much less important these days, and to avoid duplication. Only a few changes have been made to the content itself.

For review: 4 articles about bidi text in HTML

Comments are requested on the following proposed updates to material on the Internationalization site, prior to final publication. NOTE THAT the articles are in a temporary location, and will be moved to their final location after the review.

Text direction and structural markup in HTML
This article has been created from material formerly in the tutorial “Creating HTML Pages in Arabic, Hebrew and Other Right-to-left Scripts” and augmented with information about new HTML5 markup constructs that are beginning to see adoption. It should be regarded as a new article, focusing on applying bidi markup to document- and block-level situations and to forms.

What you need to know about the bidi algorithm and inline markup
This is an update of an existing article. It has been almost completely rewritten. The most significant changes are the new parts describing how to apply the new HTML5 constructs which are beginning to see adoption. Additional changes will be needed as HTML5 bidi markup is finalised over the coming months. The article also proposes a simpler way to approach markup of bidi text, particularly useful for those with less experience, that relies less on a deep understanding of the issues involved.

Visual vs. logical ordering of text
This is a new article created from material that has been removed from the previously mentioned material. It was removed into a separate article because visual ordering is much less important these days, and to avoid duplication. Only a few changes have been made to the content itself.

Creating HTML Pages in Arabic, Hebrew and Other Right-to-left Scripts
This tutorial has been modified to bring it in line with the current tutorial format. Rather than contain duplicate content, it now introduces the novice to key concepts and points off to useful further reading in an organized fashion. It has been completely rewritten.

Please send any comments over the next two weeks to www-international@w3.org (subscribe).

We hope to publish a final version shortly after that.

New translations into Spanish

Thanks to the Spanish Translation Team, Spanish Translation US, the following articles have been translated into Spanish.

Updated article: What you need to know about the bidi algorithm and inline markup

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This article was revised substantially.

Translators should consider retranslating the whole article.

This article was revised to provide more clarity. More examples were added, and a new approach was taken, using images for examples and providing links to live code.

The term ‘directional context’ was replaced with ‘base direction’, the meaning and impact of that was expressed better. It also shows a little more clearly the types of problem the bidi algorithm needs help with, and how the proposed solutions related to each other.

New translation: Co należy wiedzieć o algorytmie bidi i znacznikach

Thanks to Andrew Osobka and Kamil Wiśniewski the article “What you need to know about the bidi algorithm and inline markup” has now been translated into Polish (language negotiated).

Categories: Translation

ما يجب عليك معرفته حول الخوارزمية ثنائية الاتجاه والترميز المضمن

Thanks to the Arabic Translation team‏, WTB Language Group, the article “What you need to know about the bidi algorithm and inline markup” has now been translated into Arabic (language negotiated).

Categories: Translation

מה שאתם צריכים לדעת לגבי האלגוריתם הדו-כיווני וסימון פנימי

Updated translation

Thanks to Oleg Gaivoronsky the translation of the article “What you need to know about the bidi algorithm and inline markup” has now been updated in Hebrew (language negotiated).

Categories: Highlight, Translation

New article: What you need to know about the bidi algorithm and inline markup

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Describes some of the basic principles underlying how the Unicode Bidirectional Algorithm works, and some scenarios where inline markup or codes are needed to correctly render web content written in a right-to-left script. Applies to both XHTML/HTML and XML documents.

By Richard Ishida, W3C.

Categories: Articles, New resource

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