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- To: doc at arabeyes dot org
- Subject: Re: Hi
- From: Isam Bayazidi <bayazidi at accessme dot com>
- Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2001 15:45:10 +0200
Salam Abdulla ..
Well .. My self included in the use of an english interface .. but
because there is no Arabic interface the computer use.. and the Linux use
was limited to those who have good english .. It is not easy to have my
grandfather working in Linux because he does not understand english ..
while John's grandmother (John is someone from an english speaking nation)
can work flawlessly depending on her understanding of english ..
The whole Issue is a mater of personal preference .. if you and me
and most of your friends ( who I am sure are good in english) want to use
the english interface it is up to us .. but the choice of having an arabic
interface is a must ..
English will remain the technical language of the world .. but as of the
user interfaces they are to be translated and customized to make it fir for
all needs .. there is KDE in at least 20 language .. and most of then are
not as widely spoken as Arabic ( like Hebrew or Swedish, and other
languages that are spocken in one country ) ...
As for the Arabic support in KDE it is there thanks to the Linux-Team (
http://www.linux-team.org ) .. the QT libraries now support Arabic .. as
soon as the KDE team integrate the new QT libraries with the interface you
will see KDE's that are Arabic Enabled everywhere .
We should respect our language more I guess ..
At 04:32 AM 02/10/01 +0400, you wrote:
My name is Abdulla. I am maintaining the Arabic translation of a GPL
accounting program. It is called sql-ledger, and located at
www.sql-ledger.com. I am not a programmer but I would like to see if
there is any way I can help. The reason that I am subscribing is to warn
you not to translate the whole KDE interface (malaf for file,
etc..). Most Arabic windows users that I know prefer to use the English
version but with Arabic enabled. They do this for the simple fact that
Arabic is not really a computer language (I am sorry to say this but to me
it seems to have some validity). I think what we need in KDE is to enable
koffice to work with Arabic. Maybe an Arabic enabled icq and irc client
would be nice too. I know that this is a lot to ask for now, but it is
what most Arabic users really need. One problem that I faced during the
translation of this sql-ledger was wether to use windows fonts, or ISO
fonts. I finally decided to use windows Cp fonts since that they are the
dominant ones. Thats all for now, and good luck.
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