Hebrew: update

Yaron Shahrabani sh.yaron at gmail.com
Sat Aug 27 15:43:38 CDT 2011

On Sat, Aug 27, 2011 at 5:32 PM, Shachar Shemesh <shachar at shemesh.biz> wrote:
> On 08/26/2011 04:35 PM, Yaron Shahrabani wrote:
> It might sound weird but the Israeli community really doesn't care about
> this terminal bug
> AFAIK, the Windows console does not do BiDi either (which would mean that,
> in order to be bug compatible with Windows, neither should wineconsole). To
> be fair, it has been quite a while since I last checked, so something may
> have budged on that front.
Well... you can look at it that way, technically speaking you are
absolutely correct but since there is a fix that allows displaying and
working with Hebrew in terminal this decision is simply kicking in the
user's face.

Microsoft had this decision in Windows XP, many DOS apps that were
supported until Windows 98 were no longer supported and had to search
for alternative or keep using an unsupported operating system.
This move eventually forced most of these businesses to go with the
flow and pay thousands of dollars to upgrade their software after they
already spent thousands of dollars few years prior to the release of

Supporting forced end-of-life of a product? Seems very Microsoftish ☺
> The greater problem is that BiDi console is an unsolvable problem. I have
> not played much with MLTerm, but with Konsole, I keep it as a handy "turn
> on, look, turn off" feature. Without a good semantic understanding of the
> string it is almost impossible to perform BiDi reordering, and the results
> vary from barely readable to undecipherable.
The reason MLTerm is not widely used that it doesn't support themes
which makes the window look very ugly and not so friendly.
But MLTerm definitely works better than Konsole, If you have the time
to take a look at it you'll be surprised (Ignore the window
decorations of course).

What I'm saying is that unlike Microsoft which had its own political
reasons to cease their Hebrew support in console wine should support
There is a way of using Hebrew in console, the fix is described in this URL:

Works in Vista as well, doesn't work in Win7 though...

Kind regards,
Yaron Shahrabani.
> Shachar
> --
> Shachar Shemesh
> Lingnu Open Source Consulting Ltd.
> http://www.lingnu.com

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