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For review: RTL rendering of LTR scripts

The article RTL rendering of LTR scripts is out for wide review. We are looking for comments by Thursday 7 July.

The article suggests ways to produce runs of right-to-left text using HTML & CSS for languages that are nowadays normally written left-to-right. The use cases for this are rare, and mostly relate to academic descriptions of text in orthographies such as Chinese, Japanese, Egyptian hieroglyphs, Tifinagh, Old Norse runes, and a good number of other now-archaic scripts.

Please send any comments as github issues by clicking on this link, or on “Leave a comment” at the bottom of the article. (This will add some useful information to your comment.)

Categories: afrlreq, clreq, For review, jlreq

Updated article: Languages using right-to-left scripts

The article “Script direction and languages” now has the title “What languages are written with right-to-left scripts?“, and provides insights into right-to-left (RTL) script usage around the world.

In a substantial revision, previous tables have been replaced with a completely new table which lists 12 scripts and over 200 languages using RTL scripts in the modern day. While it is only possible to give a rough idea of usage, the table includes information about which countries use those languages and figures for speakers of those languages. The data is gathered from the SIL Ethnologue.


4 translations available for the Getting Started page

The page Getting Started with Internationalization was recently rewritten. The new version is now available in the following translations.

Arabic: الخطوات الأولى مع التدويل

Spanish: Iniciándose en la Internacionalización

French: Une introduction à l’internationalisation

Simplified Chinese: 国际化入门资源

Thanks to the translators: Najib Tounsi, Emmanuelle Gutiérrez y Restrepo, Jean-Christophe Helary, 薛富侨

Categories: New translation

2 new translations into Chinese

时间和日期:基本概念 (Time & date: Essential concepts)

何时使用语言协商 (When to use language negotiation)

Thanks to Fuqiao Xue and Huan Cui for providing these translations.

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