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Internationalization and Text

Unicode and Bidirectionality

XML is based on the Unicode standard (fully documented at the Unicode Consortium’s web site, http://www.unicode.org). This lets text display in any language that the underlying viewer software can displaying, as you can see in Figure 8-13. Some languages such as Arabic and Hebrew are written right to left, so when text in these languages is mixed with text written left to right, as English is, the text is bidirectional, or bidi for short. The system software knows which characters go in which direction and works out their positions accordingly. Example 8-11 also overrides the implicit directionality of a segment of text by setting its


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