From: E. Keown (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri May 14 2004 - 12:22:09 CDT
> > > *plain text* standard is the bidirectional
> > > algorithm, which sorts out how a (horizontal)
> > > *line* of text is laid out when text of opposite
> > > directions
In the 'old' Unicode 3.0 there was a one-line note on
doing boustrophedon near the bidi material.
Boustrophedon is needed not 'just' in Archaic Greek,
but also in some periods of Egyptian and in some early
For a small percentage of early Semitics stuff, it
would be convenient to be able to automatically
reverse the direction in a database, so the retrieval
algorithm could look at 'both directions.'
Is there a larger 'boustrophedon' note in Unicode 4.0?
Is there any interest in expanding the bidi algorithm
to definitely cover all possible RTL - LTR
boustropheda (plural?) ?
I assume that there is *no* complete list online of
all possible writing direction configurations.
The discussion so far on the list doesn't appear to me
to cover every possibility....my impression is that
there are probably sub-varieties of boustrophedon and
of the vertical material....sometimes individual
characters get re-aligned, turned a certain number of
degrees, and maybe sometimes they don't.
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