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ted1980
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typing right to left

Postby ted1980 » Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:29 pm

Does anyone know what the setting is to type right to left?
Is there a setting?
I need to type from right to left like this:

............siht ekil tfel ot thgir morf epyt ot deen i


I will try to take a right to left font (arabic) and add the english characters/glyphs into the set to see if that works.
But is there a setting somewhere in properties that says that a set of characters it is to be used right to left??
i do not want to change every application software to do this....is there a setting within the font itself?

I look forward to your replies,
thanks.

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Re: typing right to left

Postby Erwin Denissen » Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:00 pm

ted1980 wrote:I will try to take a right to left font (arabic) and add the english characters/glyphs into the set to see if that works.

This goes against the whole concept of how fonts are supposed to work.

There is a special right-to-left override character defined in Unicode ($202E) that instructs the text processor, rasterizer, or software to display characters from right-to-left.

I'm not sure if it works in all browsers, but here is the text "hello world!" preceded with this special character:

‏‮hello world!

As soon as a new line is detected this override stops.

You might want to read more about the Unicode Bidirectional Algorithm.
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Re: typing right to left

Postby ted1980 » Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:54 pm

is it possible to place this special unicode in front of each glyphs own unicode to make it permanent?

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Re: typing right to left

Postby Erwin Denissen » Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:13 pm

ted1980 wrote:is it possible to place this special unicode in front of each glyphs own unicode to make it permanent?

No, you can't mix characters and glyphs.

Have you thought about using a mirror instead :lol:
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Re: typing right to left

Postby ted1980 » Tue Mar 04, 2014 12:41 pm

something to do with "ligatures" might help if anyone knows how to access them.


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