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Re: Backwards text

From: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
Date: Tue, 18 May 2004 23:48:02 -0400
Message-ID: <40AAD8F2.2010708@inkedblade.net>
To: www-style@w3.org

Kim Scarborough wrote:
> 
> Sorry to re-post on this, but I'm really not sure where else to go:
> 
>> Is there any possibility of adding support for backwards letters in CSS3?
>> I ask because I'd like to be able to make a standards-compliant XHTML 
>> copy
>> of "Through the Looking Glass", which contains backwards letters in the
>> text. Currently, my options are to write the text backwards with forwards
>> letters, to include an image of the backwards text, or to embed a
>> backwards-letters font, all of which are suboptimal.
> 
> What would be my first step if I wanted to propose that this be added
> someday?

Post here. :)

The method for handling that within CSS would probably be the same as for
handding boustrophedon text, and there are currently no plans for dealing
with boustrophedon in CSS. It's just a lot of complexity for too esoteric
a use case.

I think using a backwards-letters font is the best way. To make the text
read backwards, you can use a right-to-left Unicode BIDI override. (See
the BDO element in HTML.)

~fantasai

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