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Setting Up Arabic in Windows XP

Adding the Language to Windows

The following instructions will help you to set up your keyboard layout for Arabic that matches the DataCal Keyboard Labels.

Step 1. Install Supplemental Language Support

The Arabic language requires that you install Supplemental Language Support before you can set it up in Windows.

  1. Select the Start button in the lower left corner of the Desktop.
  2. Select the Control Panel (or, if you are using the Windows Classic Setting, select Settings > Control Panel).
  3. In the Control Panel, double-click the Regional and Language Options item.
  4. In the Regional and Languages dialog box, click on the Languages tab. In the Supplemental language support section, click on the Install files for complex script and right-to-left languages (including Thai) option (see Figure below).
  5. Click on the Apply button in the lower right corner of the dialog box and then click on the OK button. You may be prompted to insert your Windows install CD into the CD drive.

Step 2. Add Language to Windows

  1. In the Control Panel, double-click the Regional and Language Options item.
  2. In the Regional and Languages dialog box, click on the Languages tab.
  3. Click on the Details button in the Text services and input languages section of the Language tab to open the Text Services and Input Languages dialog box.
  4. To add a language, click the Add button in the Installed services section to open the Add Input Language dialog box.
  5. Click on the arrow to the right of the selector in the Input language selector and scroll to Arabic.

  6. The Keyboard Layout/IME should default to the Arabic keyboard layout. If it does not, click on the arrow to the right of the selector in the Keyboard layout/IME selector and scroll to the Arabic keyboard layout. Note that there often are different keyboard layouts for a language. You should select the language and keyboard layout that matches the DataCal Keytop Label.
  7. After you select the language and keyboard layout, click on the OK button to close the Add input language dialog box.
  8. When you return to the Text services and input languages dialog box, you will see the new input language and keyboard layout included in the Installed Services box.
  9. Click on the Apply button to apply the changes to the new layout. Note that each language features a small blue box in the Installed services section with 2 letters that indicates the language. English is designated as EN.
  10. If you do not wish to add any additional languages or layouts, you can click on OK to close the Text services and input languages dialog box. When you return to the Windows Desktop, you can see the language bar in the lower right corner of the Desktop.
  11. To change the language and keyboard layout, click on the two-letter language selector box with the left mouse button to open the language selector menu.
  12. Click on the language that you wish to use in the language selector pop up menu.

The language you select will remain in effect in active Windows application until you select a different language. For example, if you select the Arabic language and keyboard layout in Microsoft Excel and English in Microsoft Word, each application will use that keyboard layout until you exit the application or you select a different language.

Default Keyboard Layout

If you wish to make a particular keyboard layout the default Windows layout (i.e., to be used in all Windows applications), open the Text services and input languages dialog box. 

Select the desired keyboard layout to be the default in the Default input language section of the dialog box.

Numbers in Arabic Labels

The DataCal label sets for Arabic and Arabic (but not Arabic 102) include both Latin style numbers and Arabic style numbers. Microsoft Word allows the user to select either number set. Other Windows applications, such as Microsoft Excel, WordPad, etc., do not allow the user to select; only the Latin style characters are available in these other applications.

If you would like to configure Word 2000 (or later) to use Arabic style numbers, follow these steps:

1.    Click on Tools > Options in the Word menu bar.

2.    Click on the Right-to-Left tab in the Options dialog box.

3.    In the Numeral section, click on the arrow to the right of the scroll box and select: Context (not Arabic).

4.    Click on OK to complete the selection.

When you select the Arabic language in Word and type numbers, you will see Arabic language style numbers instead of the Latin style numbers.

Arabic Parentheses

The DataCal Arabic 101 and Arabic label sets feature the parentheses ( ), brackets [ ], and braces { } reversed from the English placement (see picture below).

This character placement is correct for Windows applications including Microsoft Excel, WordPad, etc. It is not correct for Microsoft Word. When you type these characters in Microsoft Word, they will type in the exact opposite of the placement of the labels. This is due to an inconsistency in how Microsoft Word handles these specific characters in Arabic. If you wish to type Arabic almost exclusively in Microsoft Word, you may wish to reverse the location of these characters. To do this, you will need to cut the label into a top half and a bottom half and place them on the correct keys. If you choose to cut the labels apart, you can cut them with scissors before you remove them from the label backing. If you remove them from the adhesive backing and then cut them, you may damage the label adhesive.



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