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Updated article: Inline markup and bidirectional text in HTML

An update for the article Inline markup and bidirectional text in HTML has just been published.

This article tells you how to write HTML where text with different writing directions is mixed within a paragraph or other HTML block (ie. inline or phrasal content).

The worked examples and the descriptions of markup have been moved to a new page: Inline bidi markup examples. This and various small edits, including a new set of examples with links to live versions, are intended to make it easier to read the main article and make its advice clearer.

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For review: Structural markup and right-to-left text in HTML

The article Structural markup and right-to-left text in HTML is out for wide review. We are looking for comments by Thursday 13 May.

This article looks at ways of handling text direction for structural markup in HTML, ie. at the document level and for elements like paragraphs, tables and forms. The article has been largely rewritten to take into account recent developments in HTML and CSS. A section was added to describe the use of logical properties. The text was make more concise.

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Article published: Can we derive base direction from language?

Sometimes people wonder whether it’s possible to obtain a definitive list of language tags which indicate a RTL base direction, so that there would be no need for separate direction metadata. This article looks into whether that is really feasible. (Spoiler: The W3C Internationalization Working Group believes it is not.)

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Article published: Use cases for bidi and language metadata on the Web

Information about text direction and language needs to be associated with strings used on the Web. This article explores use cases that support that need.

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