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Re: BiCon

Hello Mohammed:

Last time I checked, almost all Arabic countries use the Arabic numerals and NOT the Hindi numerals any more. There is a push for Arabic numerals in most publications and schools. All I am saying is that we should double check the official authority per country prior to deciding


Mohammed Elzubeir wrote:
On Mon, 2004-03-29 at 22:45, Muhammad Alkarouri wrote:

On , 2004-03-29 at 15:27, Behdad Esfahbod wrote:

Hi again,

The keymaps for both console and X are named after the country,
not the language.  So I renamed "fa.map" to "ir.map".  I don't
know about the Arabic map.  By the way, it means that the magic
in abicon.in to detect the keymap from LANG should now look in
the second part: fa_IR -> ir.  Would be nice if we resolve the
issue for "ar.map" first and then fix abicon.in, and probably
rename it.

Which is a problem.

Yes. That means we need more than twenty keymaps (as number of Arabic
Probably there are differences between countries, can anybody confirm?

Yes, there are subtle differences, mostly with numbers. North African
Arab countries use Arabic numerals whereas the remainder of the Arab
world uses Hindi numerals. We can create 2 keymaps, one for Egypt (to
represent the Hindi numerals users) and another for Morocco (to
represent Arabic numerals users). The remainder of the 20 countries
could be made identical to one or the other (depending on their usage).
We will end up with more than necessary files but I'm not sure what the
alternative is.

Nadim's suggestion of symbolically linking them makes a lot of sense to
me, is that a feasible solution?

Regards, Mohammed Elzubeir

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