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Arabic support

From: gar <gar_at_arabink.com>
Date: 2004-11-29 04:51:56 CET


I'm working on a project involving production and translation of
documents from English to Arabic and sometimes the other way around.
This involves 20+ people scattered around the world. Up to now we've
used MS Word. Version control has been a nightmare.

Today I make the pitch to the manager that we migrate to Subversion
(tortoiseSVN client) to handle VC and XML as our data format. This
will work fine for English, but we also need Arabic support. I can
handle translating the UI strings, but currently Subversion doesn't
seem to like log messages in Arabic. I haven't tried using Arabic for
properties yet.

So my question is, can somebody familiar with the code give a rough
estimate of the number of programmer hours it would take to provide
Arabic support? It is possible I'll be able to get some (modest)
funding, so if you're interested and available please let me know. No
promises though at this point; I just think there's a very good
business case that funding open-source Arabization of subversion and
tortoiseSVN is the best way to solve our version control problems.
This is something we would need relatively quickly, in the next few
weeks if possible.

We also need a diff program that understands Arabic, so any estimates
for adapting any diff tool to support Arabic with Subversion would be

I'm sending this to both the subversion dev list and the tortoiseSVN
dev list. Please copy me at reynolds-gregg at norc -dot- org if you
respond, since I'm not on the dev mailing list.


G. Reynolds

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Received on Mon Nov 29 05:08:45 2004

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