[lltx] bidi package extended for LuaLaTeX

Khaled Hosny khaledhosny at eglug.org
Sun Apr 4 13:59:31 CEST 2010

On Sun, Apr 04, 2010 at 09:47:22PM +1000, Vafa Khalighi wrote:
>     Well, I don't think fixing bugs in my *head* is that easy.
> I did not mean that you fix that in your head, but that needs to get fixed in
> the package.

There is no package, I'm just saying what I simply did in the past.

>     I still have a very valid reasons for my ill doings, I want to keep
>     things as simple as it can, and make sharing code between rtl and ltr
>     documents more easy, so I simply consider right and left here as
>     misnomers of start and end, this makes it more logical. If I were to
>     write a tabular package myself, I would then use the neutral start/end
>     nomenclature.
> We are not talking about "me" here. If we were so, things would be heaps
> easier.

What works for me should work for other users, if not, then they are
using the wrong package. Simply documenting the fact that right and left
is to be treated start/end is a lot easier than writing a 1000 lines of
obscure code that I can't really test all use cases of it; the less code
the less bugs.

>     To me, swapping the meaning of r and l is a misfeature (like the
>     automatic footnote thing that I never seen in a real world book;
>     footnotes in Arabic books are aligned to right no mutter what the actual
>     footnote text it.)
> I have seen a lot of the textbooks with automatic footnoterule. I am talking
> about academic typography and academic textbooks not about a novel. In Persian
> RTL typography, autofootnoterule is a must.

Then it is a Persian not a general bidi issue, a Persian specific
package would do that, and I was talking about real technical books
typeset in the most prestigious print houses in the Arabic world (both
contemporary or as old as beginnings of the last century).

 Khaled Hosny
 Arabic localiser and member of Arabeyes.org team
 Free font developer

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