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On this answer, it looks like the user entered some arabic text, and it caused the comment text and the timestamp to switch places.


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As an aside: on my Chrome on a Mac it renders the full time to the left. –  Arjan Mar 22 '11 at 18:55
Ah, I'm using Firefox 3.6.15. I know nothing about handling foreign languages, I didn't know it was a browser thing. –  Brandon Mar 22 '11 at 19:01
Well, the browser shouldn't matter, of course :-) –  Arjan Mar 22 '11 at 19:03

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Getting mixed LTR and RTL text to play together nicely is difficult. The comment is in Arabic, and the numbers then stay in RTL (because there's no way for the renderer to know if they're part of the RTL text or not) until the renderer sees text that must be LTR. It might work better if SO emitted a Unicode LTR shift before its boilerplate.

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Well I take it since Jeff removed the bug tag, that is not going to happen :P –  Brandon Mar 23 '11 at 5:09

The entire line is right to left instead of left to right.

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The entire line? Not in the screenshot. –  Arjan Mar 22 '11 at 18:58
@Arjan, I mean the time is displayed first, then user, then dash, then comment as opposed the reverse which is normal. The screenshot seems to be from something other than Chrome, which I am using to view the comment. –  jzd Mar 22 '11 at 19:35

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