IDNAbis spec

Shawn Steele Shawn.Steele at
Wed Nov 4 18:57:53 CET 2009

2) gets displayed because in this case the direction between two runs didn't change so :// will take the run direction which is LTR.

I understand why :)  I'm not sure it's right.  Certainly http://L1.R2 doesn't render right in IE (R2.http://L1 makes no sense).  I could accept that LTR only should maybe do that, but once you have any RTL I think a different rule is needed.

I think that labels are like a list.  If I have a list (a, b, c, d), then I expect the list to be in order a, b, c, d.  In an RTL context I would reasonably expect the list to be rendered (d, c, b, a).  If the individual values happen to be in different scripts, that's not going to change the fact that I expect the list to have each element progress in an orderly fashion from least significant to most significant.

So http://R1.L2.L3.R4, I think that the expectation of R4.L3.L2.R1//:http makes sense.  The list progresses from 1 through 4.

Unfortunately the character properties and rendering engines don't help much with that.


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