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 [wikilookup]HTML5[/wikilookup] and [wikilookup]CSS3[/wikilookup] (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”