[dev-context] BiDi in ConTeXt

Adam Lindsay atl at comp.lancs.ac.uk
Thu Nov 11 18:34:38 CET 2004

Hans Hagen said this at Thu, 11 Nov 2004 18:06:19 +0100:

>ha, funny side effect, somehow i think that this kind of automatisms are 
>dangerous (same for language)

I don't know, actually. 

>so, maybe we're talking about \worddir as well
>i think that it makes sense to have an xtex switch for disabling this 
>automatism: three states: font, font+tex, tex

Shall I propose that to Jonathan, or you?

>(what happen swith arabic in rl mode? does it get reversed due to the font?)

Arabic is very happy in RL mode, it's its natural state.

>another interesting feature can be a kind of hook into this language
>   \XeTeXbeginlanguage{en}{tokens}
>   \XeTeXendlanguage{en}{tokens}
>and that these are expanded automatically when a language switches.

I saw that sort of thing in m-gamma. It sounds sensible.

>btw, i didn't test that yet, but xetex could be a nice fo engine [i'm
>working on foxet]

I'm thinking so, as well. Haven't tested it with those modules yet, but
it tears through cont-ml code with aplomb.
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