Re: Mirrored ASCII

From: Mark Davis (
Date: Wed Nov 05 2008 - 08:42:14 CST

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    On Tue, Nov 4, 2008 at 1:35 PM, Mark Davis <> wrote:

    > Mirrored ASCII
    > Document at:
    > For testing BIDI UI enablement, it turns out to be very useful to use
    > mechanisms that give non-Arabic/Hebrew users an accurate picture of how a
    > "reversed" UI would look. For this, it is useful to have Unicode letters
    > that are the visual reversals of ASCII letters. With a pixel mirroring, the
    > page would then come out looking (roughly) like English, with UI elements in
    > the right places, and everything readable.
    > My first attempt is in the attached graphic, first before graphic
    > mirroring, then after. Look at the white box on the left bottom of the
    > "After" image. Before Pixel Mirroring:
    > After Pixel Mirroring:
    > A bit crude so far (some letters definitely could use improvement!), but
    > actually readable. The challenge is to pick the best characters in the fonts
    > available on most people's browsers (although people can be requested to
    > download fonts like Code2000). Because we want the characters to work right
    > as far as linewrap, etc., if possible they should have pretty much the same
    > properties as the respective ASCII letters.
    > The table of mappings that I used above is at:
    > I would
    > appreciate any feedback on better choices that I can incorporate into that
    > table. Some of the above above could definitely stand improvement:
    > especially the capitals K, P, L, and G, and lowercase t, k, g, and h. I also
    > need to add digits and common punctuation.
    > Checking If you want to try it out on some text:
    > 1. Go to
    > 2. Into the Compound 1 box, type: *mirror*
    > 3. Into the Input box, put some text.
    > 4. Hit the Transform button
    > I used for #3:
    > the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.

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