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

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Tue Sep 2 11:11:00 EDT 2008

I was actually testing with an Arial font and "ENCODING CP1256" in the 
LABEL object, and it successfully displayed Arabic text in the map 
image.  So I guess I have not specifically tested your UTF-8 issue.  I 
suggest that you create a very small test zip archive, including a 
single map layer and a small shapefile, that reproduces your problem, 
and include screengrabs of the incorrect map image as well as how it 
should appear...and submit this to the mapserver-dev mailing list so the 
developers can try to reproduce your problem.

Jeff McKenna
FOSS4G Consulting and Training Services

Saka Royban wrote:
> Thanks Jeff.
> you mean you have set Encoding 'UTF-8' with using an arabic font under 
> label object?
> i have tested the same conf but no result.
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Jeff McKenna <jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com>
> To: ms4w <ms4w-users at lists.maptools.org>
> Sent: Saturday, August 30, 2008 7:50:15 PM
> Subject: Re: [ms4w-users] problem with using Arabic language again!!!
> 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
> http://www.gatewaygeomatics.com/
> 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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