[ms4w-users] problem with using Arabic language again!!!

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Sat Aug 30 12:20:15 EDT 2008

I have myself recently tested Arabic fonts in MS4W successfully...but 
since I don't know Arabic I am not 100% sure about the details that you 
mentioned.  From reading your message it seems that there have been 
improvements with the latest MS4W with the fribidi2 library...maybe you 
should give your feedback (with screengrabs and mapfile snippets) on the 
mapserver-dev mailing list for the developers.  Also include screengrabs 
of the correct view of the text for the developers.

Jeff McKenna
FOSS4G Consulting and Training Services

Saka Royban wrote:
> Hi all.
> According to what History.txt  for MS4W2.2.8 says, problem for arabic 
> and hebrew languages has been solved by using UTF8. But i couldn't get a 
> good result.
> In fact, UTF8 doesn't show letters correctly (just some symbols). i have 
> tried lots of fonts but the same result.
> in current version, the problem of joining letters have been solved 
> because i can get result using 'ISO8859-6' encoding which is for arabic 
> but now this encoding changes some of letters with each other.
> In last version, 'Windows-1256' encoding (for arabic) worked well for 
> showing letters just they were separate not joint. but in cuurent 
> versions this encoding just shows some symbols.
> I'm confused. maybe i should setup sth which i don't do or i don't know 
> sth else.
> that would be my appreciate to help me because it is really a need. Maps 
> without labels have less usage.
> Thanks in advance

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