Re: bidi support

From: Werner Lemberg (
Date: Sat Jul 12 1997 - 07:27:57 EDT

On Fri, 11 Jul 1997, Unicode Discussion wrote:

> Werner Lemberg <> wrote on 1997-07-11 23:04 UTC:
> > To a certain extent, Chinese (as used in Taiwan) needs this. There are
> > newspapers which have headers written from left to right and right to left
> > on the same page; the main text is nevertheless written vertically.
> But isn't left-to-right and right-to-left writing in *this* context just
> a typographical formatting feature (like left and right justification
> and centering of lines in European languages), and not a property of the
> script and its characters?

Not necessarily. AFAIK there exist some palindroms in Chinese which can be
read from left to right and from right to left with different meanings. Of
course, this is not the normal case, but it is a possibility.


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