Thursday, June 01, 2017

[qgfyljam] Boustrophedonic code

Write text in alternating directions on alternating lines.  Any substring in the text occupies a contiguous region.  This is not the case for conventionally wrapped text.

A contiguous region can easily be colored or surrounded with a border.  This may be useful for computer programming code, which often consists of nested text regions.

How should the Latin scripts be adapted to be written boustrophedonically?  The "backward" lines could be mirrored, upside down, or (confusingly) just written right to left.

Even more radically, also do boustrophedonic columns: alternate columns reading up and down, perhaps useful for landscape displays.

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