36 The Command Line - Arabic and Far Eastern Languages
Since no Windows Code page handles Biblical Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic well, these languages are handled directly by BibleWorks, without resorting to Code Pages or Windows Keyboards.
The situation is somewhat different for Arabic and for Far East languages like Chinese, Korean and Japanese. Arabic does have a Windows Code Page that handles the peculiarities of Arabic well, and there are Code Pages to handle the Double Byte languages Chinese, Korean and Japanese. When you have one of these languages selected as a search version, the Command Line will function somewhat differently from the way it works with Greek, Hebrew or a Western/Eastern European language. This chapter describes the differences and also describes how to implement support for these languages in BibleWorks.
The following Bible Versions may be optionally installed when you install BibleWorks.
|AVD||The Van Dyke Arabic Bible|
|CU5||The Chinese Union Bible - Big 5 Character Set|
|CUS||The Chinese Union Bible - Simplified Character Set|
|CNV5||The Chinese New Version - Big 5 Character Set|
|CNVS||The Chinese New Version - Simplified Character Set|
|JAS||The Japanese Shinkaiyaku Bible|
|KOR||The Korean Bible|
|TKJ||The Thai "King James" Bible|
|T71||The 1971 Version|
All of these versions are in the Public Domain. Different versions are required for Chinese on Windows XP and Windows Vista because the two operating systems sort Chinese differently.
After these versions have been installed in BibleWorks you will have to make several changes in Windows before they will operate correctly. These are described in the next section.
The following Windows system changes must be made before you can use Arabic or Far East Bible Versions in BibleWorks:
The Chinese, Korean and Japanese versions all use the "Arial Unicode MS" font by default. If you do not have this font installed you will have to locate and install it or find other suitable fonts containing support for these languages. The default fonts used by these versions can be changed by going to Tools | Options | Fonts from the BibleWorks main menu. Then click on the "Double-Byte Fonts" button and make your font selections. You can also specify the font sizes.
2. Left to Right and Far Eastern Language Support
You must add Windows support for Right to Left and Far Eastern languages if you have not already done so. To do this open the Control Panel and double click on the "Regional and Languages" applet. Then follow the on screen instructions.
3. Installing Keyboards and IMEs
When you have one of these versions activated as a search version, the BibleWorks Command Line will change to support the various Windows Keyboards and IMEs (Input Method Editors) for the languages. These keyboards and IMEs must usually be added by the user. To do this open the Control Panel and double click on the "Regional and Languages" applet. Then follow the on screen instructions for adding new keyboards. You will have several options for Chinese. We recommend installing the Taiwan and Singapore keyboards for Chinese as these were the locales used to compile the version databases.
When you select a Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Thai or Japanese version as your search version, the Command Line will change to a special mode that supports input via the Microsoft IME options. When this mode is activated you will see a flashing box in the upper right hand corner of the Command Line. The IME input mode functions in three different modes. You can switch modes by pressing the <insert> key. The color of the flashing box will indicate the mode as follows:
|1. English Input
||Green - All characters will
be entered as Roman (English) text.
|2. IME Input||Red - BibleWorks forces input to use the
keyboard identified with the active version. You can change the keyboard
identified with each version by selecting Tools | Keyboard Layouts.
Keyboard changes via the Windows Language Bar are ignored.
|3. Automatic||Yellow - Windows has control of the keyboard. The keyboard selected by the Windows Language Bar will be used. The underlying code of the Richedit Control (a Windows subsystem) may affect the way the keyboard selection works.|
Microsoft has a useful article on using IME text editors. It can be found at: