Set base direction of web site to RTL language for Hebrew

Shachar Shemesh shachar at
Sun Oct 17 07:18:42 CDT 2010

On 17/10/10 13:52, Yaron Shahrabani wrote:
> Waste of time, there are several objects that should be LTR (like the 
> news list) and some images that need to be flipped horizontally, plus 
> I have already done all the stuff I said, basically this patch is 
> useless...
I will accept and admit your accusation of me not being psychic in 
sensing your incoming patches. Your patches are, indeed, more 
comprehensive than mine, but I believe they are inferior in at least one 
important aspect.

You direct the code to load styles-rtl.css instead of styles.css. This 
encourages future site maintainers to perform changes to the CSS that 
will break the RTL version of it, due to not noticing the existence of 
the rtl version. I believe the approach I took, of including styles.css, 
and then including a second css only aimed at correcting the what needs 
to be corrected, would work better in the long run.

Another manifestation of this difference can be seen when you place a 
"dir=" directive on the <body> tag of "content_print.template". This is 
change does not pass strict HTML validation, and would be unnecessary 
had the two CSS approaches been used.


Shachar Shemesh
Lingnu Open Source Consulting Ltd.

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