[Bidi] Re: BiDi extension for Mozilla MailNews and for Thunderbird

Behdad Esfahbod behdad at cs.toronto.edu
Sun Aug 8 09:53:43 PDT 2004

Hi Eyal,

I suggest you join the bidi list at:


and raise the discussion there.  People there have lots of
experiene with these stuff, and are starting to write down an
specification or cross-platform bidi handling.  This is very a
good opporunity to jump in.


On Sun, 8 Aug 2004, Eyal Rozenberg wrote:

> Hello,
> (as was suggested to me when I brought it up in the public IRC session a
> while ago, I'm posting my notice to this list).
> We (myself and another developer called Asaf Romano) are working on an
> directionality control extension for Mozilla MailNews and for
> Thunderbird, tentatively named bidimailpack. It adds menu items,
> keyboard shortcuts and toolbar buttons for switching from RTL to LTR, in
> both message composition and message display. It also contains direction
> auto-detection logic for incoming messages (which searches for the
> presence of an entire word in the Hebrew or the Arabic sections of the
> Unicode charset). It is based on previous work by 'Moofie' (he published
> an extension called 'hebmailpack', which we have further enhanced). The
> current development versions are available here:
> for Mozilla suite MailNews:
> http://www.earendil.ath.cx/content/bidimailpack-suite-1.2.11.xpi
> for Thunderbird:
> http://www.earendil.ath.cx/content/bidimailpack-tbird-1.2.12.xpi
> Note these are _not_ for release and will undergo changes, probably
> including an integration with the BiDiUI extension for the browser
> (http://bidiui.mozdev.org).
> Comments and suggestions are most welcome.
> Eyal Rozenberg


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