[etoys-dev] Etoys in Arab, is it possible ?

Bert Freudenberg bert at freudenbergs.de
Wed Oct 21 09:35:14 EDT 2009

Scratch has a much simpler UI than Etoys, far fewer elements that need  
changing. It's not even the text rendering that is so problematic (we  
could even use Scratch's text rendering plugin, or Pango). The big  
issue is the layout of the UI, which would need to be adapted for  
right-to-left locales.

It would be great if someone started to work on this. I don't know  
with how little adaptation we could get away to make it usable.

- Bert -

On 21.10.2009, at 14:36, Hilaire Fernandes wrote:

> It was reported to me Scratch can handle Arab. I guess it's true.
> Is this improvement easily available?
> Hilaire
> 2009/10/21 Bert Freudenberg <bert at freudenbergs.de>:
>> On 20.10.2009, at 22:39, Hilaire Fernandes wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> Someone just contacted me in French to ask if Arab is possible under
>>> Etoys. The person is an educator in Alegria but can't speak English.
>>> The two major changes with Arab writing are the direction and the
>>> change of the shape depending on the letter in the context.
>> It's not possible at the moment and would unfortunately require a  
>> lot of
>> programming.
>> The same problem is shared by Pashto and Dari for which we even have
>> translations already but cannot use them :(
>> http://translate.sugarlabs.org/ps/etoys/etoys.po?translate=1&view=1
>> http://translate.sugarlabs.org/fa_AF/etoys/etoys.po? 
>> translate=1&view=1
>> - Bert -

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