in every arabic site the text is not connect as it should be and is written from left to right instead of right ot left. Very strange: in netscape 6.1+ the text is shown "connected" and from right to left as it should be. I have 3 computers and in everyone the arabic text is shown "ok" in netscape 6.1+ but not good in every version!!! of mozilla. another prbolem regarding both netscape 6.1+ and mozilla is that the arabic texy is not justefied as it should be. it is like (i will write it from left to right in order to demonstrate the problem becasue i wirte now in english) fldkgjhfdlk fkndklfddf fdslkgh dfkl fdkln kld fdk;lhnk; dflksh kldf klds h fdkljf k flk jflkg fkl; gj klfdj kl;jfkl jgkfjn k;dljgnkfj l;kd dfkpljg kldfjglk; l kflj kl;df g fihjfkd so understand there are 2 different problem (2 problem in mozilla, both "connecting" and "left to right" and justification, and only the justificaition problem in netscape 6.1+) by the way, in all the computers i use full hebrew win98.
This is probably a problem with our code to detect the platform's bidi capabilities. On NT and above, if Windows has Hebrew support it also has Arabic support, but it seems from what you are saying that this is not the case on 98, so we will need to refine our detection. AFAIK, Arabic works correctly in both Arabic Windows 98 and version with no Bidi support at all; I will try to confirm that.
Thanks to timeless I have seen a screenshot of Arabic on English Windows 98, and the display is correct (except for known issues with the window title and diacritic placement)
I think win98 in hebrew has arabic support. if you download the arabic language pack which comes with IE it is possible to view arabic in IE (it is possible without the pack but only with one font thaoma very ugly and not writing) and in Netscape 6.1+ (not in mozilla) and even to write well in arabic in mozilla's url tab (not very useful) or in google's (or any other page tab) search tab shown in mozilla. By the way, the titles of arabic sites are shown well!!! (connected and from right to left) in "navigator tabs". Therefore I think the problem is in mozilla's way of showing arabic sites written in HTML and not in the basic support of the OS.
Thanks, that is useful information. We really need someone with a debugging environment on Hebrew Win98 to investigate what exactly is going on here.
I now have Mozilla 1.3 alpha and hebrew win98 and the problem is still here. What's happening???????? Does nobody do smoething? Waitnig for answer
Created attachment 136158 [details] [diff] [review] Patch v.0 At last I have a development system on Hebrew-enabled Win98. Here is a first shot at a patch. It seems to work without regressions so far, but I still need to test it on other configurations.
Confirming and taking.
Just to make it clear. I am not a developer or something, but i would like to say that i am very proud you paid attention to this problem and might have solved it. By the way, I am using now Mozilla 1.4 on an hebrew Win98SE and the situation is much better. The text is written correctly and connected, the justification is 90 % all right. I don't know if it is the SE or the 1.4. I will check it shortly on another computer with an hebrew Win98 (not SE) and give you an answer.
I don't think that SE would make the difference: my own testing environment was Hebrew-enabled SE. If you have a newer version of IE installed on your system, we might be picking up the Arabic support from Uniscribe. That implies that an even smaller number of users are affected by the bug than I had thought in the first place, and I doubt if we want to add another boolean flag with getter and setter to nsIPresContext to solve a very marginal bug. On the other hand, replacing all those boolean flags by an array of state bits with inlined setters and getters à la nsIFrame could be an all-round improvement. I will file a new bug for that and make this depend on it.
I have the final results With Mozilla 1.2b on Win98 (not SE) it was not good. However, I donwloaded Mozilla 1.5 on the same computer and IT WORKED. I don't know what has been changed since 1.2b BUT IT SOLVED THE PROBLEM
By the way. I am sorry if your working for patch was for nothing. I am not familiar with Mozilla's scrpiting or programming, and I dont much understand what the patch does except solving the problem which was eventually solved somehow (Allah knows) without it. I visited www.alquds.com www.arabynet.com www.arabia.com www.alqamoos.com and it is fine.