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Re: BiDirectional text and right-to-left languages support in Debian Installer

Well done.

In case you don't know, although the text here is RTL (it's arabic,
after all). the layout does not seem to be:
On Mon, 2004-06-21 at 09:53 +0200, Christian Perrier wrote:
> After very hard and deep work by Steve Langasek (using preliminary
> work from Shlomi Loubaton), the Debian Installer team is proud to
> announce that right-to-left (RTL) languages such as Arabic, Hebrew,
> Farsi (Persian) and several others (usually called "BiDi support") are
> now supported by the first stage installation process of Debian.
> This work needed to include patches to libraries used for user input
> during the installation phase, in text mode.
> The very latest netinst images built by the Debian Installer team,
> with BiDi support, are available at:
> http://gluck.debian.org/cdimage/testing/sid_d-i/i386/current/sarge-i386-netinst.iso
> (other arches also include BiDi support, replace "i386" by your
> architecture name in the above link)
> Screenshots:
> http://people.debian.org/~bubulle/d-i/screenshots/
> Debian is thus now, as far as we know, the very first Linux
> distribution to support RTL languages from the beginning of its
> installation process.
> A lot of work remains to be done, for instance keeping RTL and BiDi
> working when the distribution is installed, or right-aligning dialog
> boxes, but a giant step has been achieved.
> We also need to properly support BiDi/RTL with debconf in the
> installation 2nd stage and at the console, after rebooting. The
> not_working/2nd_stage-arabic.png screenshot at the above URL shows
> that this currently is not the case (it is left-to-right displayed).
> This work is part of the general globalization process of Debian and
> specifically our installation software, which now includes translation
> in 40 languages, covering about 68% of the world population.
Murray Cumming

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