From: saqqara (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed May 26 2004 - 13:22:14 CDT
Re: Glyph StanceFrom Mike Ayers: Wednesday, May 26, 2004 3:34 AM
> Nevertheless there is a case (however strong or weak) for
> Unicode admitting
> mirroring and simple rotation transformations. The phenomenon not only
> occurs in some ancient scripts but also in modern Latin
> usage, most notably
> in advertising.
...in which case it is being deliberately written incorrectly in order t get attention. Advertising is not plain text - not even remotely.
I am not advocating the introduction of such modfiers, simply that a case can be made. When and if someone makes such a proposal, with adequate presentation of evidence, I'll judge on its merits. Harshly I expect, I heartily dislike the notion of control or modfier codes unless proven absolutely unavoidable.
In the case of Toys <mirror>R</mirror> Us, stating the R is incorrect is a value judgement..
You cannot presume as fact these constructions are 'to get attention', they may be to produce a more pleasing symmetry or communicate meaning, just as the Egyptians had a different notion of writing than is supported by our more functional alphabetic scripts. Although my gut feeling agrees with yours on plain text implications for Latin script, I haven't studied the subject in depth so I may well be wrong.
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