Bidirectional Text in Mozilla
Wednesday December 8th, 1999
IBM has announced that they are fronting an effort to get bidirectional text into Mozilla, and along the way dealing with issues such as Arabic glyph-shaping. They are currently working on some docs that will be posted in the newsgroups soon. In the meantime, you can read the announcement.
#14 Vertical text is not 'proprietary' in IE
by CWilso <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Friday December 10th, 1999 7:24 PM
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Actually, that's not correct - Microsoft has been working on the standardization of vertical text in the W3C for oh, about two years now, in the Internationalization Working Group of the W3C. The "proprietary" property ('writing-mode') is a result of much work in that group and others, including Netscape representatives, and is described in the XSL draft (<http://www.w3.org/TR/WD-xsl/#AEN95>), and hopefully soon to be incorporated into the International Layout in CSS draft which currently references XSL (<http://www.w3.org/TR/i18n-format/>). You needn't worry about a standard developing by de facto - the W3C been working on a real one for some time now, and in fact Microsoft took a large implementation hit when after a year and a half of work in the Internationalization group, the property name and semantics of how it worked changed - and our implementation changed to match it.