[Bidi] Shouldn't the "AL" bidi cathegory be named "AR"?
behdad at cs.toronto.edu
Sat Aug 28 12:58:18 PDT 2004
On Sat, 28 Aug 2004, Beni Cherniavsky wrote:
> Behdad Esfahbod wrote:
> > On Sat, 7 Aug 2004, Beni Cherniavsky wrote:
> >>I'm puzzled by the name of the "AL" bidi cathegory (see
> >>If it's supposed to be a shorthand of "Arabic" it should have been named
> >>"AR". If it's supposed to be a shorthand of "Arabic Right-to-Left", it
> >>again should have been "AR". Do I miss anything? This cathegory is a
> >>variant of "R" and not "L", so naming it "AL" with no good reason is
> >>quite confusing!
> >>If it is indeed misnamed due to some historical accident, it should be
> >>possible to rename it in future editions of UAX 9.
> > But you know that it stands for "Arabic Letter", right? ;-)
> Er, well, that would explain it but it ain't intuitive. "R" and "L"
> don't stand for "something Letter" ;-(.
That would become RL and LL which is worse.
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