Globalization support offered by the DITA-OT

The DITA Open Toolkit (DITA-OT) offers globalization support in the following areas: Generated text, index sorting, and bi-directional text.

Generated text
Generated text is text that is rendered automatically in the output that is generated by the DITA-OT; this text is not located in the DITA source files. The following are examples of generated text:
  • The word "Chapter in a PDF file.
  • The phrases "Related concepts," "Related tasks," and "Related reference" in XHTML output.
Index sorting
The DITA-OT can use only a single language to sort indexes.
What does the ICU for Java provide? Does index sorting occur if ICU for Java is NOT installed?
Bi-directional text
The DITA-OT contains style sheets (CSS files) that support both left-to-right (LTR) and right-to-left (RTL) languages.
What support is offered by the legacypdf and pdf2 transformations?
When the DITA-OT generates output, it takes the first value for the @xml:lang attribute that it encounters, and then it uses that value to create generated text, perform index sorting, and determine which default CSS file is used. If no value for the @xml:lang attribute is found, the toolkit defaults to US English.
Does the DITA-OT also use the values for the @dir attribute?

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