Is anyone working with Arabic?
larsbrehmer at mac.com
Tue Aug 31 07:49:52 CDT 2010
I am working with Arabic for the first time and have a problem. First
of all, I do not speak, read or write Arabic, so I can't spot things
that might be obvious. This project if for a friend who is learning
Arabic. He will eventually enter his own content, and my Arabic
content is just gibberish for testing purposes.
So far, most things work as predicted - the Arabic font, right to left
text, etc. (looks weird by the way - the insertion point stays at the
right as new characters are added/deleted at the left)
The only problem so far is this;
The bilingual content is stored as a tab delimited list in a custom
property. When I filter the custom property without empty, I lose all
of the content of the custom property except the first line or 2. I
finally noticed after much frustration that this seems to happen when
there is more than one arabic word in an item, that is I lose all of
the content starting with the first space in an Arabic item.
The only thing I could think of is that the ASCII number of a space
using the Arabic keyboard layout differs from the ASCII number of a
European keyboard layout, but they are both 32.
I found out a long time ago that when a " appears in such a tab
delimited list custom property, it causes weird things to happen, but
I can easily work around it, and it never caused content in the custom
property to just disappear while filtering without empty. Is there
something about Arabic text that I obviously don't know? For now, all
I can do is NOT filter without empty, which I do routinely in scripts
because an empty line in the custom property would be a big problem
for this particulat stack.
Anyone have an idea about this?
Also, when Runrev "supports" Arabic, does that mean that sorting
aplphabetically works correctly? I can see that the text lines are
indeed sorted by the first letter, but I obviously can't tell whether
it is alphabetical.
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