Re: vertical direction control

From: Peter Kirk (
Date: Wed Mar 24 2004 - 16:41:37 EST

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    On 24/03/2004 12:31, Kenneth Whistler wrote:

    >Is Moon Type in actual use, or just a historical curiosity? William
    >Moon was a 19th century figure.
    The last section of "Moon, Matches and Microchips", accessible from, implies that Moon script
    was in use in 1988. The following, from the recently updated,
    suggests that it is still in use:

    > RNIB can help you put your information into the format you require. A
    > number of factsheets on braille, Moon, large print and other media are
    > available free of charge from RNIB Customer Services, PO Box 173,
    > Peterborough, PE2 6WS, telephone 0845 702 3153.

    See also
    And there is a long (and recent) discussion about whether Moon might be
    more suitable than Braille in,
    section 4.7.1.

    So Moon is not just a historical curiosity. The only reason for it not
    being suitable for Unicode, and the BMP, is the argument that it is a
    cipher of Latin. But it has different layout characteristics as well as
    its abbreviations and contractions. And surely Braille could equally be
    considered a cipher of Latin script (although the same symbols are also
    used as a cipher of other scripts).

    Peter Kirk (personal) (work)

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