Re: Boustrophaedon

From: Asmus Freytag (
Date: Mon Nov 03 2008 - 03:20:11 CST

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    On 11/3/2008 12:31 AM, Christopher Fynn wrote:
    > Kent Karlsson wrote:
    > ...
    >> Bidi_Mirrored is for handling Arabic, Hebrew and similar scripts.
    >> It's NOT for handling bustrophedon, which mirrors *all* glyphs (once)
    >> on every second line. Bidi override controls never mirror characters
    >> which have Bidi_Mirrored=FALSE. Also the bidi overrides do not go well
    >> together with bustrophedon and automatic line breaking. Bustrophedon
    >> is simply a quite different beast from Arabic/Hebrew/etc. Bustrophedon
    >> should simply graphically mirror the entier line, every second line.
    >> /kent k
    > For several years as a child I used to naturally write English
    > boustrophaedon - until my teachers eventually managed to "cure" me of
    > the habit. From my own experience, I'd say boustrophaedon is a natural
    > way for some people to write until someone tells them writing should
    > be written.
    > For right handed people, writing left to right means that your hand
    > doesn't smudge what you have already written. This doesn't work for me
    > though since I'm also left handed - which is another thing my teachers
    > tried to cure me of.
    > - Chris
    Boustrophedon should then be natural for ambidextrous people - they can
    switch hands each line to give the other one a rest, and not smudge the
    paper. :-)


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