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Turses doesnt show arabic letters correctly #120

novia713 opened this Issue · 5 comments

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arabic letters are shown isolated.
this is bad, cant to be read easily.
further info →

this is how it looks now →


Does the arabic text in other console applications display correctly? Just
to discard an issue with the font.


affirmative, sir
in fedora 17 i just type "bicon" and then use the app that has arabic letters, as lynx
then i see
which is correct

however, turses wont start if i type bicon first (i saw this problem before with other console apps)


I think this is due to the lack of support for RTL (right-to-left) languages. I even don't know if Urwid support this. In any case, the best option should be the support of bidirectional text (BiDi) for display both directions (LTR & RTL) at the same time.

P.S. I was searching in the Urwid docs and didn't see any reference of RTL or BiDi. I only found this, a six years old open ticket tagged as a minor priority


I sent a message to the urwid mailing list asking about the plans for the ticket. I guess that we are blocked by the lack of bidirectional text support of urwid.


BiDi support is something I really want to have in Urwid, but I don't know the best way to do this and support the various ways terminals display RTL mixed with LTR.

I'm following up on this in the Urwid mailing list:

If you can help us with adding BiDi support to Urwid please join the discussion there or on #urwid

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