RE: Arabic line spacing problem

Thanks very much for the detailed comments.  I forwarded your Hebrew
critique on to the proper person to look into that.  And I think I'm on
the right track with the others now.  Thanks again.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jonathan Ben Avraham [mailto:yba tkos co il] 
Sent: Sunday, May 08, 2005 5:08 AM
To: Boncek, John
Cc: gtk-i18n-list gnome org
Subject: Re: Arabic line spacing problem

Hi John,
In the screen shots that your sent:

1. The Arabic seems to use a different font for the text above the buttons

than for the buttons.

2. The first button on the left in the Arabic is centered, the others are 

3. The Arabic translation is satisfactory (Isam Abuteir).

4. The Hebrew translation is very poor, to the point of being 
unintelligable. I read it before reading the English and was very 
surprised when I read it (the English).

5. The Hebrew text is centered in all instances.

6. The Hebrew font is low quality.

7. Text flow in both Arabic and Hebrew is correct.

I suspect that by using the same font for the buttons as you use for the 
instructions above the buttons will solve the line spacing problem. There 
is a big difference between "system" fonts and text fonts in Hebrew and 
Arabic because of the need to allow space for above and below line 
diacritics in the text fonts. The system fonts are used without diacritics

in both languages by changing the spelling rules slightly.

Let me know if we can be of help - maybe send us some code snippets to 
work on.

  - yba

On Thu, 28 Apr 2005, Boncek, John wrote:

> Thanks for all the interest and suggestions.  I'm gradually trying to
> follow up on them.
> Here are screen shots of the same screen in English, Hebrew, and Arabic.
> The xterm window used to do the captures covers only a non-text area of
> the screen.  The buttons at the bottom have 2-line text.
> <<english.png>>  <<hebrew.png>>  <<arabic.png>>
> I don't read Arabic or Hebrew.  While we're at it, could someone confirm
> whether the Arabic and Hebrew lines go properly RTL?
> I tried fc-list with several of its options on my system and got no
> at all.  I'll continue with some of the other suggestions next.

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