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From "J.Pietschmann" <j3322...@yahoo.de>
Subject Re: Cocoon webpage in Arabic
Date Wed, 08 Jan 2003 15:00:39 GMT
Jeremy Quinn wrote:
> Does utf-8 cover Arabic?
Yes. UTF-8 covers all of Unicode. Look the character codes
up in the Unicode character index
  http://www.unicode.org/charts/charindex.html
You can either use an Unicode-aware editor which allows you
to enter arabic directly, or use character references with
any text or XML editor.

> Are there different 'xml:lang' specifiers for different forms of Arabic?
It should not be necesary to specify xml:lang, unless some
application *explicitely* requires it.

> Do you have to do anything special in the generated HTML to reverse the 
> text-flow?
It's a task for the browser to do the correct thing.
Mozilla/Netscape is known to work. IEx 5.5/6.0 ought to
work too, but I never tried myself. Note that the client
machine needs to have arabic or reasonably complete
Unicode fonts installed, and the browser must know
about them. This can be tricky for Unix platforms.
Win2k, WinXP and recent Linux releases work; WinME,
WinNT don't work out of the box.

J.Pietschmann


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