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From "Ines Robbers" <ml...@comprehend.de>
Subject AW: Cocoon webpage in Arabic
Date Wed, 08 Jan 2003 14:52:38 GMT
Hi Jeremy,

I found something on that in "Beginning XML" by D. Hunter on page 48, in
case you have it :-)
It sais that Unicode is designed to cover all of the characters in *any*
human language.
Also it is recommended to use UTF-16 for any other language that is not
English because the file size would be smaller.

These two arabic sites however use charset=windows-1256:
http://www.aljazeera.net/
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/arabic/news/ 

http://www.arabynet.com uses UTF-8:
<META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html" charset="UTF-8">
<META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Language" CONTENT="AR">

Regarding the reverse flow:
"Unicode includes the default writing mode for each character. Thus,
Arabic is automatically presented right-to-left. If you want it
presented left-to-right, you need to use the bidi-overide attriute of
fo:inline. This also allows you to embed left-to-rigth text into
right-to-left data (e.g., English words embedded in an Arabic stream)."
http://www.biglist.com/lists/xsl-list/archives/200201/msg01289.html

This thread on a multilangauge experiment could be interesting too:
http://lists.xml.org/archives/xml-dev/200004/msg00395.html

What international encodings are supported by Xerces-J?
ISO Latin Arabic (ISO-8859-6) 
EBCDIC Arabic (ebcdic-cp-ar1)
http://xml.apache.org/xerces2-j/faq-general.html#faq-6

And more...
<value xml:lang="AR">&#1580;&#1583;&#1608;&#1604;</value>

Mapping:
<mapping id="iso-8859_6-1999">
  <display xml:lang="en" name="Arabic (8859-6)" /> 
  <alias name="iso-8859-6" preferredBy="MIME" /> 
</mapping>
http://xml.coverpages.org/unicode22-SampleAliases2.xml

This might be useful to you too:
This shows how to use the xml:lang attribute to indicate to a search
engine where to find the Arabic version of a document.
<link title="The manual in Arabic"
      rel="alternate"
      xml:lang="ar" 
      href="http://example.com/manual/arabic.html"/>
http://www.w3.org/TR/2002/WD-xhtml2-20021211/mod-link.html


http://lists.xml.org/archives/xml-dev/200004/msg00445.html

Ok, exotic... SVG in arabic:
http://www.zvon.org/HowTo/Output/BEtestsuite_structure-lang-BE-08.php


Regards,

Ines



* -----Urspr√ľngliche Nachricht-----
* Von: Jeremy Quinn [mailto:jeremy@media.demon.co.uk] 
* Gesendet: Mittwoch, 8. Januar 2003 13:04
* An: cocoon-users@xml.apache.org
* Betreff: Cocoon webpage in Arabic
* 
* 
* Dear All,
* 
* I just found out yesterday that I have to have a page in Arabic on a 
* site I am working on that is otherwise in English, with a bit 
* of French 
* and Spanish (using UTF-8).
* 
* I have never worked in non-latin languages before!
* 
* Can anyone advise me what kind of issues I will face?
* 
* Does utf-8 cover Arabic?
* Are there different 'xml:lang' specifiers for different forms 
* of Arabic? Do you have to do anything special in the 
* generated HTML to reverse the 
* text-flow?
* 
* Please excuse my extreme ignorance!
* 
* Thanks for any help.
* 
* regards Jeremy
* 
* 
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