0xFF | thinking is a momentary dismissal of irrelevancies
posted by Andreas Bernhard Wagner on Jul 15, 2016

Typesetting for the boustrophedon and rongorongo text-directions of Safaic, Sabean and some ancient Greek writing systems as well as reverse-boustrophedonic text as seen in Rongorongo (Easter Island). Boustrophedon and rongorongo do not require flicking the eye across the page after each line so I’m thinking boustrophedon would be good for speed reading and people who sometimes lose their line (such as myself). I personally find doubly-ragged-justified rongorongo to be ideal. justification.

ragged-right.

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    ]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]] ]]] ]]] ]]]] ]]]]]] ]] ]]] ]]]]]]]
    [[[[[[[[ [[ [[[ [[[[[[ [[[[[[[[ [[[[[[ [[[[[[[ [[[[[[
    ]]]] ]]]]]] ]] ]]] ]]]]] ]]] ]]]]]]]] ]]]]] ]] ]]]]]]]]
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Less efficient to read because the eye has to travel some extra distance to the next line. doubly-ragged-justification.

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          [[[[ [[[[[ [[ [[[[[ [[[ [[[[[[[ [[[[[[[ [[[[[[
          ]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]] ]]] ]]] ]]]] ]]]]]] ]] ]]] ]]]]]]]
        [[[[[[[[ [[ [[[ [[[[[[ [[[[[[[[ [[[[[[ [[[[[[[ [[[[[[
        ]]]] ]]]]]] ]] ]]] ]]]]] ]]] ]]]]]]]] ]]]]] ]] ]]]]]]]]
                           [[[[ [[[ [[[[[[[[ [[[[[ [[[[ [[[[[[[

Most efficient for the reader because the eye has to travel minimal distance to continue on the next line. singly-ragged-justification.

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    [[[[[  [  [[  [[[[[  [[[[[[  [[[[[[  [[[  [[[  [[[[[[[  [[[[
    ]]]]]] ]]]]]]]]]. ]]]]]] ]] ]]]]] ]] ] ]]]]]]]]]]. ]]] ]]]]] ]]
    [[[[[ [[[[[ [[[[[[[[ [[[[[[ [[[[ [[ [[ [[[[[[[[[ [[[ [[[[ [[[[[
    ]]]]  ]]]  ]]]]]]  ]]]]]]]]]  ]]]]  ]]]  ]]]]]].  ]]]  ]]]]]]
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Straight margin on left, but not ragged right because some interword spacing is added. doubly-justified.

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    [[[[ [[[[[ [[ [[[[[ [[ [[[[[ [[[[[[ [[[[[[ [[[ [[[ [[[[[[[ [[[[[[
    ]]]]]]  ]]]]]]]]]].  ]]]]]]  ]]]  ]]]]]  ]]  ]]]]]]]]].  ]]]  ]]]
    [[[[[[  [[[[[  [[[[[[[[  [[[[[[[  [[[[  [[  [[  [[[[[[[[  [[[[[[[
    ]]]] ]]] ]]]]]] ]]]]]]]] ]] ]]]] ]]] ]]]]]]]] ]]] ]]]]]] ]]]]]]]]
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Straight edge on both right and left.

boustrophedon in the Flying Squirrel System

Outline of text is shaped to maximize usage of screen real estate by all content?

boustrophedon LaTeX package

I was writing a boustrophedon LaTeX typesetting package until I found this one which is further along.

see also

boustrophedon on wikipedia

rongorongo on wikipedia

http://www.ntg.nl/pipermail/aleph/2004-March/000094.html

the better boustrophedon package that works with multiple paragraphs