From: Mumtaz Ahmed (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Nov 13 2002 - 04:51:24 EST
Andrew and Martin, many thanks for the help. Now I am
able to type Arabic on AbiWord. The AbiWord twiki
needs to be edited, so that it goes beyond the Bidi
page and offer real help for newbies like me. May be
Andrew should add his message to the Bidi page on the
--- Andrew Dunbar <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> --- Martin Sevior <email@example.com>
> > On Sun, 10 Nov 2002, Mumtaz Ahmed wrote:
> > > Dear All,
> > >
> > > I have installed Abiword 1.0.3 under windows
> > > I want to use Abiword to type a manuscript in
> > > Arabic and English. I have TITUS Cyberbit Basic
> > > uniocde font downloaded from
> > >
> > >
> > > .
> > >
> > > Here is what I have done: I set Tools--Set
> > > Langauge to Arabic. Click on "force RTL
> > > of text" button.
> > > Then select font (TITUS Cyberbit Basic). It
> > > me English letters, and does not let me type
> > > Arabic.
> > >
> > > How do I configure Abiword to let me type
> > >
> > My *GUESS* is that you have to somehow configure
> > Windows to put Arbic keycodes into abiword.
> > Unfortunately I have no idea how to do that. (I
> > don't use windows or speak Arabic :-) I hope that
> > someone else on the list who has overcome similar
> > problems can help. We have had success stories
> > other Arabic users here and I know that AbiWord
> > is used routinely in Hebrew.
> Martin is correct. You need to install the Arabic
> keyboard driver in Windows. You are lucky that you
> are using Windows 2000 which always comes with
> support. Go to Control Panel and look for Language,
> Locale, or Keyboard options. (I forget exactly and
> now using Windows 98 which is different).
> In the language section you can click on and add
> Arabic - there are versions for many countries.
> You can also add an Arabic keyboard in the Keyboard
> section. Again there are a couple of varieties.
> You will need the original Windows 2000 CD to do
> Once you have Arabic installed, there will be a
> icon in the right of the Taskbar near the clock -
> can use this to change keyboard layout while you're
> using Windows.
> Now if you have a real Arabic keyboard it will help.
> If you can already touch-type Arabic it shouldn't
> matter. If you are not familiar with an Arabic
> keyboard it will be trickier since you will have to
> figure out which letter is on which key. If you
> in the "Program Files/Accessories" section of the
> Windows Start Menu you should find a program which
> display the keyboard layout for the keyboard you
> selected. This helps a lot when you only have an
> English keyboard.
> Let me know if you have any further questions.
> Andrew Dunbar.
> > I'll CC the developer list too. Once we get this
> > sorted out this information should definately get
> > posted to the AbiWord twiki. (A user editable
> > encyclopedia containing useful info about how to
> > AbiWord.)
> > Cheers
> > Martin
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