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Re: [emacs-bidi] Emacs for Arabic

From: Nadim Shaikli
Subject: Re: [emacs-bidi] Emacs for Arabic
Date: Wed, 3 Jul 2002 10:01:01 -0700 (PDT)

--- Tzafrir Cohen wrote:
> On Tue, 2 Jul 2002, Nadim Shaikli wrote:
> > 2. Regarding the "simplified" Bidi, could I suggest the following
> >  rather simple addition.  Pseudo-code would get the point across
> >  simpler.
> >
> >    if ( first_char_is_RTL )
> >      Assume entire line is Right-To-Left
> >    else
> >      /* default */
> >      Assume entire line is Left-To-Right
> Generally, it would be best to reorder paragraphs rather than lines.
> Reordering lines wil give some strange results in case a line in the
> middle of a paragraph happens to start with a character of the "other"
> directionality (e.g: a number or english letter in the middle of a hebrew
> paragraph).
> Also note that you should generally scan the {line|paragraph|whatever} for
> the first char that has strong "directionality".

That would take it outside the realm of simplicity :-)  For what its worth,
personally I'd be willing to live with the "oddity" of have a line within a
paragraph orient itself in the other direction.

My $0.02's worth.

 - Nadim

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