English is written left to right. Hebrew is written right to left. We know that. Browsers (for the most part) know that too, just like they know that the default directionality of a web page is left-to-right (LTR), and that if there is a setting that explicitly defines the direction to right-to-left, the page should flip like a mirror. Browsers are smart like that. Mostly.
But even browsers have problems when deciding what to do when languages are mixed up, and that, my friends, is a recipe for really weird issues when typing and viewing bidirectional text. Continue reading “Intro to the Bidirectional Algorithm”
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)”
Apparently, Gmail on mobile could use some Bidirectional isolation when displaying email subject lines. Continue reading “RTL Booboo: Gmail on Android – Jumbled subject line”
This was a public tech talk given at the Wikimedia Foundation on November 2nd, 2015. Continue reading “Wikimedia Foundation Tech Talk: Nothing Left but Always Right: The Twisted Road to RTL 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”
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”