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Arabic script support - home
The materials on this page are aimed at people working in lesser-known languages using Arabic script. It is geared for the power user. However, IT language support and publishing personnel working in areas of the world where Arabic script is used would benefit.
These materials are not focused on font developers or font development.
Right-to-left scripts in Microsoft Office
The ability to display right-to-left (RTL) and other complex scripts is built into the standard editions of Microsoft Office since Office 2000. Additionally, the ability to handle RTL scripts is not dependent on underlying Windows support, so it works even on English editions of Windows 9x. All of this is a significant change from previous Office products for which Microsoft made customized editions of the applications for different areas of the world.
This document template provides helpful hints on use of RTL scripts in Word 2000, Word 2002 and Word 2003. Included are general instructions for getting such scripts to work correctly, known bugs and weaknesses, and various tips and tricks. There are also some macros that may be helpful when working with RTL scripts.
Although written primarily for users of Arabic Based Scripts (ABS), users of other RTL scripts such as Hebrew will find the material helpful.
Smith is a framework to help build fonts and keyboards.
Decompression Utilities, Downloading & Font Installation Tips
If you have just downloaded a zip file and do not know what to do with it, this page might help you. This page also offers other tips for downloading files and installing fonts.
NRSI Update #6 – August 1997
The purpose of this periodic e-mailing is to keep you in the picture about current NRSI research, development and application activities. This is the sixth issue of the NRSI News Update.
NRSI Update #10 – June 1999
This is the tenth issue of the NRSI News Update.
NRSI Update #15 – June 2001
This is the 15th edition of the NRSI Update.
Welcome to SIL’s Non-Roman Script Initiative
A brief introduction to the Non-Roman Script Initiative vision and team members.
Resources for Writing Systems Implementation using Copyleft and FLOSS (Free/Libre and Open Source Software)
Are you looking for ideas, information and tools to enhance or start from scratch a WSI or one of its components for a specific language community? This collection of links will help you to use copyleft and FLOSS (Free Libre and Open Source) technologies to develop, adapt or enhance a WSI.
NRSI Update #12 – April 2000
This is the 12th issue of the NRSI News Update.
NRSI Update #16 – December 2001
This is the 16th edition of the NRSI Update.
NRSI Update #17 – July 2002
This is the 17th edition of the NRSI Update.
NRSI Update #2 – September 1996
This is the second issue of the NRSI News Update.
NRSI Update #7 – October 1997
NRSI Update #8 – December 1997
This is the eighth issue of the NRSI News Update.
SIL International X11-style License
The NRSI Update was published by SIL’s Non-Roman Script Initiative from 1996-2002. The purpose of the NRSI Update was to keep interested individuals up-to-date about current NRSI research, development and application activities.
NRSI Update Subject Index
This is an index of subjects covered in the NRSI Update.
NRSI Update #14 – October 2000
This is the 14th edition of the NRSI Update.
NRSI Update #13 – June 2000
This is the 13th issue of the NRSI News Update.
NRSI Update #11 – January 2000
This is the 11th issue of the NRSI News Update.
NRSI Update #9 – May 1998
This is the ninth issue of the NRSI News Update.
NRSI Update #5 – April/June 1997
This is the fifth issue of the NRSI News Update.
NRSI Update #4 – February 1997
This is the fourth issue of the NRSI News Update.
NRSI Update #3 – November 1996
This is the third issue of the NRSI News Update.
NRSI Update #1 – July 1996
This is the first issue of the NRSI News Update.
The Digital Divide
SIL chartered the Non-Roman Script Initiative (NRSI) to enable ethnic minorities to bridge the digital divide. NRSI participates in the work of the Unicode Consortium, an international nonprofit founded to establish a universal standard for representing each character of all the world's writing systems on the computer.
Implementing Writing Systems (The Book)
Table of contents page, with links to individual chapters.
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