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

From: Roozbeh Pournader (
Date: Wed Jan 12 2000 - 15:26:24 EST

On Tue, 11 Jan 2000, Reynolds, Gregg wrote:

> Which clearly proves
> that most writers of Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic, etc. are left-handed.

Sorry, but the ratio in Iran (we write in Arabic script) is like the
outside world. Would you please explain how did you come to that
conclusion? It seems that writing right-to-left while right handed may
seem harder, and I have seen that left-handed Persian writers usually
have a more beautiful handwriting, but no more than that.

I think that tradition is the strongest reason for writing right-to-left
in Middle East countries. I was speaking to a friend today, and he was
suggesting to use a shorthand instead of Latin alphabet! My answer
was the same. Western people will not accept that. And it's the culture
and tradition that tells you how to write, not efficiency or something


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