Re: Multiple Directions (was: Re: Coptic/Greek (Re: Phoenician))

From: E. Keown (
Date: Thu May 13 2004 - 14:27:44 CDT

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              Elaine Keown

    Dear Kenneth Whistler:

    Elaine wrote:
    > > Are you opposed in principle to having small
    > > encoded blocks which have multiple potential
    > > directionalities?
    Kenneth Whistler wrote:
    > Yes.
    > The extent of directional layout required of a
    > *plain text* standard is the bidirectional
    > algorithm, which sorts out how a (horizontal) *line*
    > of text is laid out when text of opposite directions

    How did you decide that 'horizontal' is the default
    direction? My impression is that 85 - 95% of *all*
    elements of writing ever invented by humans are
    Chinese (or other ..JKV...).

    Does 'horizontal' actually come from hardware, not
    software? Is it built into the computer screen?


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