Complex Text Layout Language Support in the Solaris Operating Environment

1.5.3 Processing Stored Text

In the Solaris operating environment, all CTL text is stored in logical order--the order of the character input stream. The CTL language engines manage the transformation from CTL scripts to final display form on screen.

Most legacy systems containing CTL text store data in physical order--the order represented on screen. This was done because there was no processing capability at the terminal for reading and correctly rendering logical input. Screens of text were stored and then read again to screen.

Applications can read legacy data using the CTL language engines by configuring the appropriate language engine modifier. For more information, see Step 1 in Section 3.1 CTL Motif Resources.

For other language-engine configuration parameters, see CAE Specification: Portable Layout Services (ISBN 1-85912-142-X).