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Re: Bidirectional text and URLs

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Bidirectional text and URLs
Date: Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:18:01 -0500

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  > The issue here is that bidirectional display features are being
  > (ab)used to trick humans into thinking they will follow a link to some
  > place, while in fact the link leads to a very different place.  This
  > problem would not have existed without humans reading the URLs, and
  > without the discrepancy between what those humans perceive visually
  > and the actual URL as seen by the program which interprets it.

That is true.  These magic characters have the same effect in URLs
as everywhere else, because Emacs display does not distinguish.

But URLs are not the places where these magic characters are useful
and meant to be used.

Dr Richard Stallman
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