[discuss] IDNA and Arabic (and other RTL scripts)

Dominique Lacroix dl at panamo.eu
Tue Mar 18 16:43:59 UTC 2014

Thanks Andrew and Patrik.
The complexity you describe reminds me the story of the Procrustean Bed ;-)
And mixing directionalities reminds the boustrophedon script that was
the sign of transitional writing systems.
It's not a criticism, but only an observation. A system conceived and
largely yet implemented in left-to-right is difficult to transform into

@+, cheers, Dominique

Le 18/03/14 16:49, Patrik Fältström a écrit :
> On 2014-03-18 14:53, Andrew Sullivan wrote:
>> For most users, I think the most natural way to
>> write a name in analogy with the current use is something like this:
>>     [TLD].[2LD].[3LD].[4LD]
> The order of the tokens I claim depends on within what directionality
> the over all writing context is. If that is right to left, the TLD will
> be the leftmost token. If it is left to right the TLD will be to the
> left. Then you on top of that will have a directionality of the
> characters within each one of the tokens that creates the domain name.
>    Patrik
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