Re: Last Call: draft-snell-atompub-bidi (Atom Bidirectional Attribute) to Experimental RFC

"Frank Ellermann" <nobody@xyzzy.claranet.de> Tue, 22 April 2008 16:24 UTC

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Subject: Re: Last Call: draft-snell-atompub-bidi (Atom Bidirectional Attribute) to Experimental RFC
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James M Snell wrote:

> My apologies for not getting back to this sooner.

No problem, it's only that the proposal to "rename" 
the draft attracted my attention, and after I said
that this is dubious in a "Last Call" thread I read
the text, not only the file name... ;-)

All I know about BiDi issues could be summarized as
"if Harald / Martin / Tex / ... think it works it's
supposed to work".  But the acknowledgements in your
draft did not mention anybody I know as BiDi-expert,
that was the point when I started to worry about it.

Apparently 'dir' is strictly binary, "LTR" or "RTL",
and your draft adds a third value "".  Maybe this is
a good idea.  Or it is a case of "ternary bits", I
can't judge it.

Possibly you could convince me that it's a good idea
by giving an example where dir="ltr" and dir="" make
a difference, and/or by stating that dir="" MUST NOT
be used within the (X)HTML parts of an Atom document,
but actually that's beside the point.  What's really
interesting, did any BiDi expert confirm dir="" as a
good idea ?  If dir="" is a part of the experiment -
fine, let's see what happens.

 Frank

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