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Re: Backwards text

From: Ernest Cline <ernestcline@mindspring.com>
Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 00:05:59 -0400
Message-ID: <410-2200453194559328@mindspring.com>
To: "fantasai" <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>, www-style@w3.org

> [Original Message]
> From: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
> To: <www-style@w3.org>
> Date: 5/18/2004 11:49:54 PM
> Subject: Re: Backwards text
> Kim Scarborough wrote:
> > 
> > Is there any possibility of adding support for backwards letters in
> > 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.
> The method for handling that within CSS would probably be the same as for
> handling 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.)

Might a CSS override of the Unicode Mirroring property be appropriate?
Otherwise, I'd have to agree this is too esoteric for CSS. to handle.
SVG embedded in the XHTML might be a way to do this using just XML.
Received on Wednesday, 19 May 2004 00:05:58 UTC

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