Turses doesnt show arabic letters correctly #120

novia713 opened this Issue Oct 30, 2012 · 5 comments


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arabic letters are shown isolated.
this is bad, cant to be read easily.
further info → http://chod.sk/aysb0

this is how it looks now → http://chod.sk/aysc3

dialelo commented Nov 1, 2012

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

novia713 commented Nov 1, 2012

affirmative, sir
in fedora 17 i just type "bicon" and then use the app that has arabic letters, as lynx
lynx http://somod.shiaweb.org/
then i see http://chod.sk/aysu4
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

dialelo commented Nov 17, 2012

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.

wardi commented Nov 17, 2012

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: http://comments.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lib.urwid/1250

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

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