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Will there be RTL support in StackExchange?

Check out my current display name, and Hebrew comments below... (name now changed back, see screen shots below)

Also see the comment on Atwood's response for an example of mixed LTR/RTL comments. (screenshot below)

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I'm in your timestamps, splitting your chars. –  Jonathan Sampson Mar 20 '10 at 2:59
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The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned... –  Shog9 Mar 20 '10 at 3:05
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interesting... is that bug caused by some weird right-to-left unicode behavior? –  Kip Mar 20 '10 at 3:05
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-1: If this was asked by a low-rep chinese noob member he'd be told to sling his hook. Why not use the language that the site is targeted at, English? –  Kev Mar 20 '10 at 4:09
    
Kev, you appear to be using Slavic characters in your name... –  Jonathan Sampson Mar 20 '10 at 4:13
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Yes very clever, I'm not daft and I know that the characters and glyphs from all our languages historically derive from some deep and rich formative past. However, I think you're smart enough to get my point. –  Kev Mar 20 '10 at 4:18
    
I take your point but this is meta, it's aimed at an English speaking LTR audience and AFAIK there hasn't been a pro-active attempt to be otherwise. Also see Joel's comment on this answer: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/42373/… which reads to me as, "we're English speaking for now, fit in". If there was a specific localisation issue you had then fine, ask away on SO, but the content and the way it's presented on SO is targeted at a LTR English speaking audience. –  Kev Mar 20 '10 at 4:44
    
Kev, I think you missed my point. While the discussion will take place in English (as in our conversation right now), RTL languages may popup for particular reasons when discussing something along the lines of localization - in which case the UI may become broken, and the users confused. Is it not best that we address is now, here, on Meta? –  Jonathan Sampson Mar 20 '10 at 4:46
    
Yep ok, I take your point, but quibbling over whether your display name renders or not in Hebrew seems like an edge case. If there was a problem with the markup editor or rendering characters LTR to show an example related to localisation (in a question or answer) then that would be a real issue. –  Kev Mar 20 '10 at 4:51
    
Kev, I changed the question away from a display-name issue a while back. There's clearly a UI-issue in comments. See the comment I posted on Jeff's response as an example. This leads me to believe there are likely some cases where post-bodies will behave unpredictably as well. Confirmed: Hebrew can definitely mess up your post-body, just confirmed it in the sandbox. –  Jonathan Sampson Mar 20 '10 at 4:52
    
Well I'll agree to disagree on whether it's important or not, but my point still stands, the SO sites UI are primarily aimed at LTR English speaking users (for now). And my point being that if a low-rep RTL language user had raised the issue then it would be pointed out quite clearly the the site is aimed at LTR English speaking users. And tbh, using hebrew as your display especially as a mod on an English speaking site isn't very clever. Took me a moment to work out if you were really Jonathon or not. –  Kev Mar 20 '10 at 5:04
    
FWIW, no one but moderators can use RTL characters in their name anyway. I tried copying some Hebrew from Jonathan's profile yesterday into my profile name and it was rejected as not being in the proper character range. –  Ether Mar 20 '10 at 15:31
    
@Ether Did you prefix it with a number or letter? That is why I placed "9" at the beginning of the string. Hebrew alone was rejected. –  Jonathan Sampson Mar 20 '10 at 17:29
    
@Jonathan, do you need a saucer of milk? –  Rosinante May 8 '10 at 22:07
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‮And here, you see the issue in live... –  nyuszika7h Apr 28 '11 at 14:31
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Probably a RTL issue. Not anything we're explicitly doing..

ah, except we were not allowing anything other than [A-Z0-9] when validating the first character. Fixed.

Now we use ^[\w](?<!_)

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English and Hebrew is neat... מערכת שבורה סוסי הפוני מתים –  Jonathan Sampson Mar 20 '10 at 4:09
    
(Being focussed on that "9" in the user name, which renders differently in the above comment than in other comments, I first didn't see that the Hebrew comment-text is to to the right of the name. A screen capture, assuming Jonathan will one day revert his user name: img.skitch.com/20100320-t9eq2esr3j6xkiib3fwua8cb7i.png) –  Arjan Mar 20 '10 at 8:53
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