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From "Pascal Sancho" <pascal.san...@takoma.fr>
Subject RE: Oriental Characters
Date Tue, 01 Jul 2008 07:03:52 GMT

To complete what Andreas said, I've tried the bugzilla patch that permit to use right-to-left
writing mode, but character shaping (i.e. inner word ligatures) is still not supported, witch
is required for Arabic (I don't know about Hebrew).


> -----Message d'origine-----
> De : Andreas Delmelle [mailto:andreas.delmelle@telenet.be] 
> Envoyé : lundi 30 juin 2008 18:56
> On Jun 30, 2008, at 18:46, Michael Halpin wrote:
> > Is there a way to use oriental characters like Arabic or Hebrew in  
> > FOP?
> In theory, yes. In practice, FOP is still severely limited when it  
> comes to different writing-modes (see also Bugzilla #42307, which  
> attempts to fix the issue for Java2D-based renderers)
> > I have tried a few tests but the PDF output just shows the  
> > characters as ####.
> This is most likely because you're either using one of the default  
> fonts, or a custom font that simply has no glyphs for Arabic 
> characters.
> Note that the lack of support for those languages in FOP is mainly  
> due to a lack of knowledge within the team. So far, we still haven't  
> succeeded in attracting Java-XML-geeks who are also fluent in Arabic  
> or Hebrew... Patches welcome, as well as accurate bug-reports, with  
> examples and descriptions of how exactly FOP is supposed to behave.
> Cheers
> Andreas

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