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From characters to words

Hopefully someone can help me out here. We bought the book 'The Typographic Matchmaking' so that's how we ended up here.

We are working with an Arabic translater and a designer. We are translating currently on a Apple Mac. We're using the Keyboard Viewer to tyoe the translation [System Preferences, International, Input menu] but we can not 'glue' the separate characters together to words. There must be a trick/something we overlook currently. Who can help us out?

The questions are:
- What software on a Mac do you recommend for typing the Arabic translation?
- What input method do you suggest?
- How do we 'glue' together the separate characters [perhaps with a different input method the 'glueing' is not necessary anymore]?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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The Right input/output software

You need to use Adobe InDesign ME (it has to be the Middle East version to support arabic typing). Then the letters will be typed the right way and will get attached automatically so you can form words.

Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares
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19 Feb 2008, 15:49

tnx

Hi Huda, tnx.

We sorted out another route [perhaps ours takes more time].

You need to install an Arabic font of course and then:
- In Apple OS X, open International in the Preference pane.
- Choose Input Menu, select Arabic and select 'Show input menu in menu bar'. A flag will appear right next to your clock in the upper right corner.
- Select Arabic or Arabic-Qwerty, and select Show character palette afterwards.
- Within the Character Palette pane choose View: Glyph.
- You will see now different options of the same Arabic character a character beginning, in the middle or ending a word.

This works out fine in TextEdit [as far as I could find, Microsoft Word 2004 for Mac does not support Arabic fonts/characters.

sander
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7 Mar 2008, 2:23

tnx

Hi Huda, tnx.

We sorted out another route [perhaps ours takes more time].

You need to install an Arabic font of course and then:
- In Apple OS X, open International in the Preference pane.
- Choose Input Menu, select Arabic and select 'Show input menu in menu bar'. A flag will appear right next to your clock in the upper right corner.
- Select Arabic or Arabic-Qwerty, and select Show character palette afterwards.
- Within the Character Palette pane choose View: Glyph.
- You will see now different options of the same Arabic character a character beginning, in the middle or ending a word.

This works out fine in TextEdit [as far as I could find, Microsoft Word 2004 for Mac does not support Arabic fonts/characters.

sander
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7 Mar 2008, 2:23

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