[Bidi] Shouldn't the "AL" bidi cathegory be named "AR"?

Behdad Esfahbod behdad at cs.toronto.edu
Sun Aug 8 09:28:06 PDT 2004

But you know that it stands for "Arabic Letter", right? ;-)

On Sat, 7 Aug 2004, Beni Cherniavsky wrote:

> I'm puzzled by the name of the "AL" bidi cathegory (see
> http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr9/#Bidirectional_Character_Types).
> 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.


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