The problem of displaying user-generated content in plaintext results (SQL example)

Plain-text SQL results give us an example of the pitfall of displaying multilingual user-generated content. We can learn from this about how to protect and support Bidirectionality when creating user interfaces and applications in general. Continue reading “The problem of displaying user-generated content in plaintext results (SQL example)”

Linux Conference Australia, 2016: Wait, ?tahW: The Twisted Road to Right-to-Left Language Support

This lecture was given in linux.conf.au Conference 2016 in Australia, introducing the challenges of supporting Right-to-Left online and when developing applications. Continue reading “Linux Conference Australia, 2016: Wait, ?tahW: The Twisted Road to Right-to-Left Language Support”

The history of Right-to-Left support online

Courtesy of Leif K-Brooks, Wikimedia Commons

Browsers are pretty smart. They know how to render complex media and weirdly innovative HTML5 and CSS3 (4, soon?) magical elements. They are also fairly fast, with their internal tricks that make them consider how to plan out and render the page for the user. Today, we can do right-to-left text online. Of course, as you can see from this entire website, we are still struggling with exactly how to render it, especially when dealing with mixed content directionality, but the fact that we can do it is, in itself, a huge step forward.

That’s not the way things always behaved. Continue reading “The history of Right-to-Left support online”