Hi Tanya,

FM does not work well with Arabic (or other without extended ASCII
languages). However, for small jobs I have been able to do this by
adding settings the environments on my computer to Arabic (except for
the keyboard settings -- you should be able to toggle between your
regular locale now and the Arabic) and copy the Arabic text from Word
or Open Office Writer (and do the necessary changes in there) to a
ready FM frame flow. You can even do some changes in FM by finding out
the key combinations for the different forms of the arabic letters.
The last thing I had done by one of our staff whose native language is
Arabic etc.

Hope this is of some help. For bigger jobs you would certainly need
some outside help. I believe there are several people on the list that
could help you there.


On 5/7/07, Tanya.Griffin at codan.com.au <Tanya.Griffin at codan.com.au> wrote:
> FrameMaker V7.1 (English)
> Windows XP Pro SP2 Multi-lingual in Arabic language environment
> I am unable to access the archives to view any previous discussions on this
> matter.
> There are websites out there that suggest you can force FrameMaker to play
> the game with Arabic text. I am currently massaging English templates to
> use with Arabic text, and having to overcome many obstacles; so far I have
> discovered some workarounds to achieve the same end, so I have kept going.
> Our biggest obstacle is the random insertion of text (not at the cursor
> point), and application of character tags and conditional tags that change
> the selected text to something completely different. I am assuming that
> this is due to the lack of support for unicode characters. This appears to
> be a show-stopper. Has anyone had any success in this field? Are there any
> plug-ins available? Is it time to abandon commonsense and resort to Word?
> If it can work, does anyone know of an Arabic dictionary that can be
> slotted into the file system for use with FrameMaker? Currently I have
> assigned None as the language in all paragraph and character tags, but it
> would be most useful to assign an Arabic dictionary.
> Regards,
> Tanya Griffin
> Technical Documentation Manager
> Codan Limited
> 81 Graves Street
> NEWTON SA 5074
> Phone:      +61 8 8305 0457
> Fax:  +61 8 8305 0411
> Email:      tanya.griffin at codan.com.au
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