A few days ago I accidentally (somehow) found out that there is no Persian/Arabic braille font
whatsoever! None. There are some applications and very old techniques to do the translation to the Persian braille. But not an actual font.
Only a few minutes later I found out why. The Persian script is RTL (I know you know this
) but for some [...] reason they decided to do the Persian braille LTR!
But it's getting worse! The letters
however should be written RTL!
So basically in those six block dots we have dark dots
that are recognizable RTL but the whole line
goes LTR. I have no idea what a nightmare this is for Persian blind people to use and translate this in their minds. But since it is almost impossible to make the whole Persian/Arabic braille writing system RTL all of a sudden after all these years, I have decided to give the font a shot. I finished the Persian braille font.
But now the thing is is there any way that we could write RTL with Persian keyboard and Persian standard characters
and yet the text would appear LTR?
Any tricks would appreciated excpet of course installing an app or add-on or...
Please see the picture to see what I'm talking about. I did the colors to show you how it goes. The first line is correct Persian script
(non-cursive of course) and the second line is backward Persian braille.
Thanks a lot in advance and I hope we can do this and make a lot of books, publications and other stuff into braille in one second by just changing the font.
And at the mean time I'm working on a project to fundamentally change the whole braille concept
by doing a new alphabet, inspired by the ELIA frames
that a group of nice people did for English braille. I will probably write about that in a few days. Thinking out loud:
I suddenly remembered that I could make a Persian font LTR by disabling the Middle Eastern type engine in Adobe Photoshop. It is good, but yet it's just Adobe. Could we do that in MS Office too or other places as well? Or do it in the font?