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.

#15 Re: Plugin? Removable?

by iaaron

Saturday December 18th, 1999 6:05 AM

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I design Hebrew sites for display in non-bidi aware environments, such as Netscape Navigator. What I do is flip the order in which the characters are displayed (instead of having the browser doing that). From my expirience, I can tell that adding bi-directional awareness to an application isn't going to consume any substantial memory. For right to left languages, it is something as basic and simple just as upper case and lower case support in latin languages. Hebrew speakers don't ask to remove the support for lower case and upper case letters in their Hebrew application even though it probably consumes even more memory than supporting bi-directionality. Do you use Office 2000? Do you know that office supports all multiple languages as it comes? Do you feel that on a day-to-day basis?