[Wine] BIDI (Hebrew) Support

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at gmail.com
Tue Feb 7 09:27:43 CST 2006

On 2/4/06, Alon Bar-Lev <alon.barlev at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> I've looked for a BIDI HOW-TO, but did not find any.
> I use wine-0.9.5, and run IE using ies4linux. It works great
> including Hebrew showing Hebrew text correctly.
> The problem is that I could not write any Hebrew
> character... Whenever I type a character I get "?".
> So I've looked at wine-bidi issues, and found that I need to
> compile wine with icu library. I did! using 3.4 and 2.8.
> Using this new wine+icu, the IE stopped to show Hebrew text
> correctly, and I still could not type Hebrew characters.
> I've tested the test program 01-biditest.c, it is strange
> since it fails on Windows (2003) and succeeds under wine.
> My questions:
> 1. How do I get BIDI support for IE without ICU?
> 2. Why ICU interfere with the BIDI support of IE (If IE
> comes with its own BIDI implementation).
> 3. Can I configure something in order to write Hebrew text
> in wine?
> Best Regards,
> Alon Bar-Lev.

I've also struggled with IE in Hebrew. I don't remember everything
that I did, but I could never type. Even cut and paste would leave

I did manage to get a Hebrew installation of Office working properly.
I think that was with Crossover Offive 4.x, but even with CX I could
not type in IE. Which is horrible because so many Hebrew sites require
IE (walla mail, d.co.il maps, etc etc). Just write to them (like I
did) and then go find replacement websites (like I did). When they
loose enogh golshim they will change.

Dotan Cohen

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