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Re: Adding Bidi to Fvwm ?
- To: developer at arabeyes dot org
- Subject: Re: Adding Bidi to Fvwm ?
- From: Behdad Esfahbod <behdad at bamdad dot org>
- Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2002 12:39:04 +0330 (IRT)
- Cc: Nadim Shaikli <shaikli at yahoo dot com>, <fvwm-workers at fvwm dot org>
On Thu, 21 Feb 2002, Mikhael Goikhman wrote:
> On 21 Feb 2002 12:08:45 -0800, Nadim Shaikli wrote:
> > With the recent work on multibyte support in Fvwm2 - has any thought been
> > given to those languages that are right-to-left oriented (Arabic, Farsi,
> > Hebrew, etc...) ? In other words, have any considerations been given to
> > the addition of Bidi (Bi-directionality) ?
> > http://www.unicode.org/unicode/reports/tr9/
> > May I suggest a compile-time option of including Fribidi (open source Bidi
> > library),
> > http://fribidi.sourceforge.net
> > I'd be interested in adding Arabic support to Fvwm but that is very much
> > hinged on the inclusion of Bidi (its a first-order requirement). It would
> > greatly simply life for me (and others I'm sure) if there was an option
> > to include and enable Bidi without having to resort to hacks.
> > For what its worth - the inclusion of Bidi will certainly increase Fvwm's
> > user base, since it would be one of the few window-managers with FULL
> > multibyte support; a BIG deal to those that are right-to-left'ies :-)
> > Any takers ? Olivier ;-) ?
> I don't know whether I will add bidi support, but I may try to start it.
> At least I understand what this means. It is not trivial to immediately
> understand why this is needed and even less trivial to understand that
> it's all heuristics, there may be possible conflicts in any algorithms.
> Examples of logical input / visual output.
> % echo "SHALOM, fvwm (SHALOM is hi in IVRIT!)." | fribidi -C CapRTL
> .(!IVRIT is hi in MOLAHS) fvwm ,MOLAHS
> % echo "hi 1-2 (english) is SHALOM 1-2 (IVRIT)." | fribidi -C CapRTL
> hi 1-2 (english) is IVRIT) 2-1 MOLAHS).
> # the second example seems like a bug in my fribidi, but maybe not
This is not a bug in fribidi, but a bug in the Unicode BiDi
Algorithm, fribidi is just doing its job right.
Behdad Esfahbod 4 Esfand 1380, 2002 Feb 23
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