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Re: Bidirectional text and URLs

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Bidirectional text and URLs
Date: Thu, 04 Dec 2014 09:30:37 -0500

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  > My point is that we should try to narrow down the cases where we issue
  > a warning, ideally only to those SOME CASES where they can actually be
  > harmful.

I agree that we should do this.  But it is also useful to warn
users that a buffer contains RTL text when they don't expect any.

If the buffer is all RTL text, the user will see that, and none of it
will make sense to him anyway.  So no warning is needed.

But if the buffer is mostly ordinary LTR text, but has a little RTL
text in it, the non-bidi user will probably not notice that and could
get fooled.  That is the case for which I think a warning is useful.

But there is no harm in giving the warning in both of these cases.

Dr Richard Stallman
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