View Full Version : WFTWE #62...Boustrophedon...I reckon you have gnol oot raf rof ysae ti dah

Billy T
08-08-2003, 04:53 PM

(n.) - An ancient style of writing in which
detanretla senil eht fo noitcerid eht
This sytem was probably designed for
snaicitilop dna srotcod yb ylno esu
but was abandoned when they found that
srotcod dna daer t'ndluoc snaicitilop
couldn't write.


Billy 8-{) :D

08-08-2003, 05:00 PM


Graham L
08-08-2003, 05:23 PM
It's a great time saver. That's why some dot matrix printers had a "bidirectional mode". Saves the time for carriage return in each line. :D

Or not.

Billy T
08-08-2003, 05:44 PM
Hey, I had one of those boustrophedonic dot-matrix printers
once myself Graham.

So there is nothing new under the sun? :(


Billy 8-{) :|

Murray P
08-08-2003, 08:01 PM
Must've been a real bugger trying to read the output Graham.

Billy you haven't got a typo in there somewhere or have I missed one of your subtleties, boustrophedon brain perhaps ?:|

Cheers Murray ;P

08-08-2003, 08:20 PM
ynnufy si tsaht
billly. T
that I dluoc kniiht ekil taht ylliyB

08-08-2003, 09:27 PM
Willempje Willempje

Ik ik ben ben heel heel onder onder de de indruk indruk.

(Just adding my 2 cents worth of double dutch) ]:)

09-08-2003, 08:33 AM
Bet no-one ever produced a digital device that printed in a spiral (see "Phaistos Disk").

However an interesting Unicode proposal (together with a drawing of both sides of the disk) is at: http://unicode.org/pending/phaistos/Phaistos.pdf


Graham L
09-08-2003, 02:58 PM
But printing in a spiral is one of the "standard" PostScript examples ... the output looks quite nice. You can even have the type size diminishing as you work in to the centre. :D