Apologies, half of this post is not accessible

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 7:20 | Filed in Oddities

¿oƃ ɐ əʌɐɥ ʇou ʎɥʍ

˙ɥƃnɐl ɐ əq ʇɥƃıɯ ʇı ‘ʇıq ɐ punoɹɐ ssıd oʇ ʇuɐʍ ʇsnɾ noʎ ɟı ʇnq ‘ʇuɐʇɹodɯı ɹo snoıɹəs ƃuıɥʇʎuɐ ɹoɟ lɐəpı ʎlʇɔɐxə ʇou s,ʇı os ‘əlqıssəɔɔɐ ʇıq ʇsəʇɥƃıls əɥʇ uı ʇou sı ʇı ʎq pəɔnpoɹd ʇxəʇ əɥʇ ɟo ʎuɐ ʇɐɥʇ puıɯ uı ɹɐəq oʇ əʌɐɥ noʎ ʎlsnoıʌqo ¿ʇı ʇ,usı ‘looɔ ˙ɹoʇɐɹəuəƃ ʇxəʇ uʍop əpısdn uɐ ˙ʎɐp ɹəɥʇo əɥʇ ʎoʇ ʍəu ɐ ssoɹɔɐ əɯɐɔ ı

I came across a new toy the other day. An upside down text generator. Cool, isn’t it? Obviously you have to bear in mind that any of the text produced by it is not in the slightest bit accessible, so it’s not exactly ideal for anything serious or important, but if you just want to piss around a bit, it might be a laugh.

Why not have a go?

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4 Comments to Apologies, half of this post is not accessible

  1. Gary Miller says:

    April 28th, 2009 at 8:05 am

    ¬°loo?

  2. Gary Miller says:

    April 28th, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Hmmm…that should have been ‘cool!’ but I got an illegal message error??

  3. Christophe Strobbe says:

    April 30th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    I had a look at the HTML code of the reversed text and tried to find the Unicode code points for some of the characters. The trick appears to rely on the fact that Unicode contains a number of reversed or “turned” versions of characters in the Latin alphabet, especially in the IPA extensions (http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U0250.pdf). Someone then came up with the idea to write a mapping between the Latin alphabet and those reversed characters. So it won’t work with characters from other alphabets (unless someone finds something in a dark corner of the Unicode specification). I tested with the Chinese name for Brussels (????), which resulted in six other characters (??????), four of which freak out the electronic Chinese dictionary that I use.

  4. Christophe Strobbe says:

    April 30th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Since when do Chinese characters cause a database error in Wordpress??

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