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

From: fantasai (
Date: Sat May 15 2004 - 13:14:50 CDT

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    Andrew C. West wrote:
    > Also, note that the point of RTL Ogham is NOT to render it RTL per se, but as a
    > step towards rendering it BTT. A similar trick is used for Mongolian. In order
    > to get vertical left-to-right layout of Mongolian text (when no systems
    > currently support left-to-right vertical layout), one technique is to use an RTL
    > Mongolian font with the glyphs rotated 180 degrees. Then the text is written RTL
    > in lines going top to bottom down the page. You print out the result, and rotate
    > the sheet of paper 90 degrees, and Hey Presto! you have vertical Mongolian text
    > reading left to right across the page.

    That's a hack, not a solution. Again, if you take the text out of the
    presentational context you've warped it into, it doesn't make any sense.
    The text shouldn't depend on the font or text orientation switches being
    exactly right.

    Unicode directionality shouldn't be used as a presentational property;
    that's the problem CSS3 Text has right now.



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