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BiDi algorithms for RTL languages #397

azadkuh opened this issue Feb 8, 2016 · 2 comments


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commented Feb 8, 2016

cmus fails to properly render bidi strings in RTL (right to left) languages:

  • Persian
  • Hebrew
  • Arabic
  • ...

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totally wrong rendering!

the highlighted line, must be rendered as:
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adding the de-facto fribidi / github library to rendering engine, would solve the problem.
lots of frameworks or apps just use fribidi, Qt / KDE, Pango / Gtk+, mplayer, vlc, ... to name a few.

i also use pyfribidi in my vim-cmus plugin to render those text properly.


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commented May 10, 2016

as more than 500 millions people speaks (writes) in RTL languages (arabic, persian, urdu, kurdish, hebrew, ...) it would be great if cmus supports their languages properly.


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commented May 10, 2016

I wholeheartedly agree!

The thing is, I do not have the time (and interest) to implement this myself. However, I do have time to review a pull request adding fribidi support to cmus.

Which is just a long way of saying «pull requests welcome».

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