Re: Question about the directionality of "Old Hungarian" (document N3531)

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Date: Sun Nov 02 2008 - 12:02:34 CST

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    > Objet : Re: Question about the directionality of "Old Hungarian" (document N3531)
    > Perhaps I'm being confused ... it's been a long time ... but I seem to
    > recall that there are, actually, two types of boustrophedon.
    > If memory serve me correctly, the older type mirrored the characters on
    > the right-to-left line, but the newer type didn't, although the line
    > was, nonetheless, written from right to left.

    My view of this "problem" consists just to assign a weak directionality to the boustrophedon text, so that it will
    inherit the direction set by any text before it (the transition from strong directionality to weak directionality
    implies no required change of baseline direction, and will cause no additional line break). But anyway it remains
    to restore the correct direction for the text that follows the boustrophedon part, because there's a transition
    from weak to strong directionality (and even in this case, I don't see why this transition, implies a required line
    break after the boustrophedon part, it will just require a change of direction if appropriate, depending on the
    direction state of the last boustrophedon characters). And of course this is independant of the fast that the
    Boustrophedon part will mirror (or not mirror, depending on the type of boustrophedon style used) its glyphs when
    its baseline direction changes between pairs of lines.

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