[Israel.pm] Displaying bidi text in re (e.g. in the editor).

Gaal Yahas gaal at forum2.org
Sun Feb 1 11:07:29 PST 2009

I'm not saying Perl 6 _will_ make this easier, but that it _could_.
Unicode identifiers are going to be, ah, amusing to maintain. The
notion of a bidi quote mark, though, is only possible because the
language is flexible. On the other hand, Larry's vision on the matter
is that sooner or later, the environment will just have to catch up.

Regarding Nikkud, the only fixed-width font I know that does this well
is Courier New. But be aware that whatever the font, there is a
canonical order you just have to learn for combining characters: if
you get it wrong and your editor doesn't help you (and I'm not aware
that any editor does), you get misplaced vocalization marks. (Think of
a leftie Sin with dagesh and vowel.)

On Sun, Feb 1, 2009 at 8:49 PM, Amir E. Aharoni <amir.aharoni at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2009/2/1 Amit Aronovitch <aronovitch at gmail.com>:
>> Hi,
>> Following a discussion I took part in about standartization of the
>> display of Hebrew text in structured expressions and source code, I
>> would be happy to hear some opinions about how we would like regular
>> expressions containing bidi chars to be displayed (in an "ideal
>> editor" that is fully syntax aware).
> I just keep all my non-ASCII strings in a separate UTF8 file and load
> it some time in the beginning. (I usually use a stupid tab-separated
> file and put it in a hash; i've been telling myself to try gettext or
> MakeText for years.)
> Even Latin based non ASCII characters (Catalan or Lithuanian, for
> example) give a lot of troubles. Hebrew is worse. Worse than Hebrew
> are Arabic and Thai. I don't expect this to become easier any time
> soon, not even with Perl 6.
> Bidirectionality is just the tip of the iceberg. Here's a problem that
> few Hebrew speakers probably considered: Unlike most people, i often
> work with Hebrew text with niqqud, and niqqud is supposed to be
> combined with the letters. But the actual fonts support it badly, so
> code cannot be displayed nicely; and that is quite unacceptable.
> The only solution - keep all the strings in a separate file.
> --
> Amir Elisha Aharoni
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