Is anyone working with Arabic?
richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Tue Aug 31 08:59:45 CDT 2010
Time to "grow up" (at least as far as I am concerned, having about 50
words of Arabic and not
reading it at all, it is a "grown up" writing system) and move away
from ASCII to Unicode.
You WILL experience growing pains.
However, once you get the hang of things, you will find that
everything makes sense and is a whole
lot more powerful than using ASCII.
1. I don't know what operating system you are using, but you will
need to open a Unicode compliant
Arabic font with a font-editing program . . .
Try 'FontForge'; cross-platform, open-source and FREEEEE (it's
got to be good)
and make yourself up a little notebook with the characters (and
remember that Arabic has 3 - 4
forms for each letter: initial, final, mid-word and isolated)
and their Hexadecimal Unicode addresses.
2. Get your paws on a half-decent calculator program that will
convert back-and-forth between
Hexadecimal and Decimal (unless God has gifted you with 16 toes
this is a blessing).
Convert all the Hex Unicode addresses into Decimal numbers and
jot them down in your notebook.
3. Get used to the fact that, while with ASCII you write this sort
put "My Big Fat Mouth" into field "Gob"
with Unicode you have to do this sort of thing:
set the useUnicode to true
set the unicodeText of field "Gob" to numToChar(57000) &
4. Keep bothering ME, as I have already strayed far, far down the
Unicode path with my Devawriter programs
for Devanagari-Sanskrit text entry.
sincerely, Richmond Mathewson.
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