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Re: Hebrew word correction in "HELLO" file


From: Benjamin Riefenstahl
Subject: Re: Hebrew word correction in "HELLO" file
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2003 20:38:35 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.1001 (Gnus v5.10.1) Emacs/21.3.50 (gnu/linux)

Hi Tomer,


address@hidden writes:
> Attached please find a correction to the GNU Emacs "HELLO" file,
> which can be displayed by pressing 'C-h h' .
>
> The Hebrew word for 'hello', often transliterated as 'shalom', was
> written with the characters in the order progressing from
> left-to-right, instead of right-to-left ( as is the case with many
> semitic languages ).

Isn't this just a case of a script that Emacs doesn't support right?
Emacs doesn't do right-to-left scripts (aka "bidi") yet, see
http://www.m17n.org/emacs-bidi/ for work on the issue.

As I understand it, the HELLO file has the text in the so-called
"logical" writing order, which is most likely the correct
representation.  Emacs just doesn't display it right.

OTOH, I don't know the original rationale for the text.  So if that
text is supposed to contain the Hebrew in the so-called "visual" order
(i.e. as displayed, not as written), than you're observation and patch
would be correct.


so long, benny




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