Line Breaks: Direction of Text

As each line in an EpiDoc encoded inscription begins with an lb, attributes on this element can be understood to refer to the content of that line, i.e. all text before the following lb (see also Line Breaks). At present, therefore, EpiDoc recommends the use of the following values in the rend attribute on the lb immediately preceding the line of text in question:

<lb rend="left-to-right"/>
<lb rend="right-to-left"/>

In the case of most inscriptions, left-to-right aligned text does not need to be flagged, as it is the default direction. One might need to use rend in the case of boustrophedon text, for instance.

Other values of rend can be created in the case of texts written vertically, in a circle or spiral, or otherwise unusually. (But these values are not currently handled by the Example Stylesheets.)

‘abc ← ’
<ab>
 <lb/>abc
</ab>

Transformation using the example EpiDoc P5 stylesheets:

  • Default (Panciera) style:


    abc

<ab>
 <lb rend="right-to-left"/>abc
</ab>

Transformation using the example EpiDoc P5 stylesheets:

  • Default (Panciera) style:


    abc  ←

<ab>
 <lb n="1rend="right-to-left"/>Χαιρεδέμο ⋮ τόδε σε̑μα ⋮ πατὲρ ἔστε<supplied reason="lost">σε</supplied>
 <lb
   n="2"
   break="no"
   rend="left-to-right"/>

 <supplied reason="lost">θ</supplied>ανόντος
⋮ Ἀνφιχάρ<supplied reason="omitted">ες</supplied> ⋮ ἀγαθὸν ⋮ παῖδα ὀ<lb
   n="3"
   break="no"
   rend="right-to-left"/>
λοφυρόμενο<supplied reason="lost">ς. ⋮</supplied> Φαίδιμος ἐποίε.

</ab>

Transformation using the example EpiDoc P5 stylesheets:

  • Default (Panciera) style:
      ←

    Χαιρεδέμο ⋮ τόδε σε̑μα ⋮ πατὲρ ἔστε[σε-]  ←

    [θ]ανόντος ⋮ Ἀνφιχάρ<ες> ⋮ ἀγαθὸν ⋮ παῖδα ὀ-  →

    λοφυρόμενο[ς. ⋮] Φαίδιμος ἐποίε.   ←

(PHI: 1357)

Responsibility for this section

  1. Scott Vanderbilt, author
  2. Gabriel Bodard, author
  3. Charlotte Tupman, author
  4. Tom Elliott, author
  5. Ilaria Marchesi, author

EpiDoc version: 8.19

Date: 2014-07-31