Re: Etruscan was Re: Japanese RTL

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Thu Jan 13 2000 - 09:28:13 EST

Ar 22:08 -0800 2000-01-12, scríobh Curtis Clark:
>At 08:50 AM 00.01.12 -0800, John Jenkins wrote:
>>Etruscan will probably be encoded as LTR letters. By the end of the
>>script's life, that was the predominant direction and it was always a
>>choice. The standard may further specify that the letters should reverse
>>shape when written RTL, however.
>It is my understanding that scholars prefer LTR to fit in with Latin text.
>The glyphs are more easily recognizable to those familiar with the Latin
>alphabet when they are in their LTR orientation.

That's correct, and the Directional Override characters are to be used when
RTL presentation is required. Etruscan glyphs DO reverse themselves when
the directionality changes; does this make them mirroring like various
brackets and so on? I suppose it does. Does this change the properties they
must have?

I don't know. Lewis Carroll printed a poem backwards which Alice had to
hold up to the looking-glass in order to read. Does that mean Latin has to
have this mirroring property too?

No, I should think. The brackets have the property because they are
commonly used in both LTR and RTL scripts. But I am not sure how to specify
the Etruscan and Latin behaviour.

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