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

From: Peter Kirk (
Date: Sat May 15 2004 - 13:56:58 CDT

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    On 15/05/2004 03:37, Andrew C. West wrote:

    >On Fri, 14 May 2004 18:44:10 +0100, Michael Everson wrote:
    >>You can't play around with Ogham directionality like that. Reversing
    >>it makes it read completely differently! The first example reads
    >>INGACLU; the second reads ULCAGNI.
    >Well I disagree. As I said in the message, the RTL result does not work in *this
    >case* because the glyphs need to be rotated 180 degrees. As I said, if you had a
    >font designed specifically for RTL/TTB Ogham (not that hard to create), then the
    >glyphs in the font would be rotated 180 degrees compared with the glyphs in the
    >Unicode code charts, with the result that my sample Ogham text would read
    >ULCAGNI correctly from right to left. Then if you rotated the whole thing 90
    >degrees clockwise (either using a text editor or by printing it out and manually
    >rotating the printed output) you would have ULCAGNI reading upwards embedded in
    >Mongolian text reading downwards. If I wasn't preoccupied with more pressing
    >matters I would have a go at creating such a font to prove that this can be done.

    If we go down this road, perhaps we need to define an RTL version of
    Latin script with all glyphs rotated by 180 degrees, for support of text
    written or printed upside down. I am sure we can find examples of this
    if we look carefully. :-)

    Peter Kirk (personal) (work)

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