We recently received an email asking if we could produce a “backwards” font in English to allow people to type from right to left for a bit of fun and because it seems like a thing that left-handers can do. We are not technical experts but we did look into this and have a play. A quick bit of research shows that there are already a number of fonts that allow you to do this. e.g. here
We installed the “Backwards” font on our PC and it allows you to either:
Though you do have to work out all the letters and type them in reverse sequence, which is surprisingly hard!
And of course it will only work on your local computer in software that can make use of the new font you have installed (e.g. MS Word). You can't do it on a web page (unless maybe the person viewing the page also has the Backwards font and has installed it for use in their web browser, not even really sure then?).
So I cheated with the backwards text above by creating it in Word and then doing a screen capture to show it on this page as an image.
But it was fun so maybe give it a go!
A better solution, but not actually a “font”?
We also found an easier way of achieving the same thing, using the tool at http://www.upsidedowntext.com/
That allows you to type normally then choose the effect you want – backwards, upside down or both, and then it creates the output for you. The output also seems to work on this web page without converting it to an image!
˙pɐǝɹ oʇ ʎsɐǝ ʎlƃuᴉsᴉɹdɹns sǝɯoɔǝq ʇɐɥʇ sɐ uʍop ǝpᴉsdn pN∀ spɹɐʍʞɔɐq ɥʇoq op oʇ ƃuᴉʇsǝɹǝʇuᴉ ʎɹǝʌ sᴉ ʇI
Or is that just a left-handed thing?
The output is also provided in “unicode” so you can use it in any place that can interpret that, like on a web page?
If you know more about this or have any interesting uses for backwards fonts or backwards typing, please add your thoughts in the comments below 🙂