From: Asmus Freytag (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Nov 03 2008 - 03:20:11 CST
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
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