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.

 

Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Thai, and Japanese Versions in BibleWorks

Adding Windows Support for Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Thai, and Japanese

Entering Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Thai, and Japanese Text on the Command Line

 


Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Versions in BibleWorks

 

The following Bible Versions may be optionally installed when you install BibleWorks.

 

Abbrev. Description
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.

 


Adding Windows Support for Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Thai, and Japanese

 

The following Windows system changes must be made before you can use Arabic or Far East Bible Versions in BibleWorks:

 

1. Fonts

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.

 


Entering Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Thai, and Japanese Text on the Command Line

 

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:

 

Mode
 
Function
 
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.

 

If you have trouble with the IME input mechanism it is sometimes helpful to drag the Language Bar so that it is located just above the Command Line.

 

Microsoft has a useful article on using IME text editors. It can be found at:

 

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/ie6/downloads/recommended/ime/default.mspx.