Bidi paragraph direction in terminal emulators (was: Proposal for BiDi in terminal emulators)

Egmont Koblinger via Unicode unicode at
Fri Feb 8 08:42:51 CST 2019

On Fri, Feb 8, 2019 at 3:28 PM Eli Zaretskii <eliz at> wrote:

> You can have what you call the "explicit mode" if you set the variable
> bidi-display-reordering to nil.

So, if someone is running a mixture of applications requiring implicit
vs. explicit modes, they'll have to continuously toggle the setting of
their terminal back and forth. Just as for Konsole and friends there's
a graphical setting, correspondingly for Emacs's terminal there's this
bidi-display-reordering setting.

Now, I, as a user, want BiDi to work as seamlessly as possible,
definitely without me having to repeatedly switch a setting back and
forth if the applications could just as well do it automatically. One
of the basics of my spec.

Whether Emacs will adopt this, or will keep requiring users to toggle
this setting back and forth depending on the particular app they wish
to run, is not my call.


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