RE: writing direction

From: Debbie Garside (
Date: Wed Mar 25 2009 - 03:48:07 CST

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    When I was teaching DTP some 15 years ago, I used Gutenberg's Reading
    Patterns; which at its most basic consists of Primary Optical Area, Terminal
    Anchor and Fallow Corners when looking at a page/graphic/sign. The Primary
    optical Area is different according to the writing system used e.g. if you
    write LTR then the POA is on the top Left with the Terminal Anchor bottom
    right; the fallow corners for RTL being the top right and bottom left. The
    reverse is true for RTL readers.

    I used a specific test on my students that proved 100% (over a nuber of
    years) that Gutenberg's reading pattern works if adhered to for design

    Debbie Garside

    -----Original Message-----
    From: [] On
    Behalf Of Mark E. Shoulson
    Sent: 24 March 2009 17:19
    Subject: Re: writing direction

    Vinod Kumar wrote:

    > Now consider the incoming traffic. ...
    > Now consider driving along, reading the sign boards on the side of
    > the road you are on. ...
    It would seem to me that where writing-system direction comes into play
    would mainly be for signs, which would mostly be on the side of the road
    that you are on. I would think it would be most helpful if the reading
    direction would lead your eye back onto the road, so driving on the left
    would work for LTR languages and on the right for RTL languages. But
    the effect is so small, who cares...

    I remember in a class on presentations once they told me that when
    presenting and referring to a slide being projected on the screen, you
    should stand on the right side of the screen (right side as you face the
    audience; the audience's left) and gesture or point at the slide using
    your left hand. That way the reader easily moves from you to what
    you're pointing to, and at the beginning of the line.


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