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Re: Bidirectional editing in Emacs -- main design decisions

From: Sascha Wilde
Subject: Re: Bidirectional editing in Emacs -- main design decisions
Date: Sat, 10 Oct 2009 15:44:19 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1.50 (gnu/linux)

Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> wrote:
> 8. User control of visual order
>    Emacs could
>    have a command called, say, `make-paragraph-left-to-right' that did
>    its job simply by inserting LRM at the beginning of the paragraph.

I would suggest that Emacs should also have a way to visualize the
otherwise invisible text direction marks so that:

- it becomes transparent to the user whether the direction of an
  specific portion of the text is explicit or implicit defined

- the user is provided with a simple way to remove the marks in case he
  wants to.  (By simply deleting them the way he would do with any other
  regular character.)

Sascha Wilde : "GUIs normally make it simple to accomplish simple 
             : actions and impossible to accomplish complex actions."
             : (Doug Gwyn - 22/Jun/91 in comp.unix.wizards)

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