Re: Japanese RTL (was RE: Mongolian (was RE: Syriac and Mongolian

From: John Cowan (
Date: Wed Jan 12 2000 - 11:06:07 EST

Christopher John Fynn wrote:

> Interestingly early Roman writing was boustrophedon, the directionality
> of the lines alternating L2R then R2L, like a snake. When the lines were
> R2L the letters also faced to the left.

Yes, that brings up a good point. When scripts like Etruscan get into the
UCS, should their letters be given the mirrored property, so than when
they appear in the non-standard direction (LTR, presumably, since
Etruscan was typically RTL) they get reversed?


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