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‎ character jumbles text and this can be confusing when working with many articles

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I often work bidirectional text in content management systems and often that text has parenthesis (()) or other textual wrappers flipping after an English text which is preceded in itself by some Right-to-Left text.


For example, with Hebrew, I get the following output:

Preceding Hebrew with parenthesis before document.write

Instead of the desired output:

Preceding Hebrew with parenthesis after document.write


The standard fix

I can fix the problem with ‎ (Left-to-Right mark) by putting it left to the parenthesis.


For example, untreated input:

Untreaded input

Treated input:

Input with

This way, I will indeed get the desired output.


A possible problem with the standard fix

‎ is a multi-symbol-character fixer and can make the input appear more jumbled up than with just the parenthesis, so content editing becomes more frustrating. Hence, I would prefer to use some single-symbol-character fixer left to the parenthesis.

My question

How will you suggest to solve that problem?

Notes

  • There are images in this question because Codidact renders content differently than the content management system I use (MediaWiki)
  • I would have gladly used some single-symbol-character representing ‎ with decent browser support but I doubt one currently exists; maybe JavaScript/CSS are better approaches.
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