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Automatically infer language from unicode character class
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Users are pretty bad at labeling foreign-language inclusions in their texts. This often causes incorrect rendering (bad font, incorrect hyphenation, sometimes wrong directionality (but see T73869)).

We should probably add a pass which tries to infer appropriate <span lang="..."></span> tags when the unicode character class of the characters in the text diverge from the expected language.

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cscott created this task.Jul 19 2015, 4:06 PM
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As a general rule guessing language is a hard problem... Are language tags actually what you want here or something to force the renderer to load fonts?

For instance I have no idea how to distinguish Hindi from Sanskrit given both are written in Devanagari script...

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