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

Beni Cherniavsky cben at users.sf.net
Sat Aug 28 12:49:15 PDT 2004

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" ;-(.

Beni Cherniavsky <cben at users.sf.net>
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