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Old 27.09.2007, 13:02
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Something I've always wondered about...

I know this is very pedantic, but I've wondered for a while why the titles on German Books and DVDs are oriented differently.

If you look at the spine of a English language DVD or book when it's vertical on a shelf, the text generally runs top to bottom. On German publications, it seems to run from bottom to top.

Not world changing I know, but I'd love to know if anyone has a theory. Common sense or facts not necessarily required.

And as for why wheelchair basketball players wear sports shoes - don't even get me started!
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Old 27.09.2007, 13:23
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I know this is very pedantic, but I've wondered for a while why the titles on German Books and DVDs are oriented differently.

If you look at the spine of a English language DVD or book when it's vertical on a shelf, the text generally runs top to bottom. On German publications, it seems to run from bottom to top.

Not world changing I know, but I'd love to know if anyone has a theory. Common sense or facts not necessarily required.

And as for why wheelchair basketball players wear sports shoes - don't even get me started!
This is creepy, a short look here at the office and yes, on the swiss folders the text runs from bottom to top. I would put the labels the other way.

Now I am curious about it as well!

When it comes to wheelchair basketball, I would say that the feet need protection as well -> need for shoes -> need for ventilation -> sport shoes?
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Old 27.09.2007, 13:46
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I know this is very pedantic, but I've wondered for a while why the titles on German Books and DVDs are oriented differently.

If you look at the spine of a English language DVD or book when it's vertical on a shelf, the text generally runs top to bottom. On German publications, it seems to run from bottom to top.

Not world changing I know, but I'd love to know if anyone has a theory. Common sense or facts not necessarily required.
Because you can then read the title even if it is lying with the front side down? If it is front side up, you can just look there.

Perhaps the better question would be why it is done the other way around on English (and Danish!) books?

How about French books?
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Old 27.09.2007, 14:11
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Because you can then read the title even if it is lying with the front side down? If it is front side up, you can just look there.

Perhaps the better question would be why it is done the other way around on English (and Danish!) books?

How about French books?
French books are the same as German: writing on the spine goes from bottom to top. I like the theory regarding being able to read the title even when the book is placed face-down. However, what about when the book is on the bookshelf? Reading from top to bottom is more natural: we (i.e., Europeans) write from left to right and when we finish the line, we move down rather than up. Therefore vertical text should also run top to bottom rather than the other way.
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Old 27.09.2007, 14:35
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Re: Something I've always wondered about...

Scarier still are the salt and pepper pots in Switzerland. One hole for pepper and multiple holes for salt...
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Old 27.09.2007, 14:46
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Scarier still are the salt and pepper pots in Switzerland. One hole for pepper and multiple holes for salt...
I personally find the Fondor shaker on every table a lot scarier.
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Just checked: Portuguese books/DVDs/Videos (remember, VHS?) are like German/French. Even BBC's Teletubbies and Tweenies in Portuguese!
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