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Old 01-24-2009, 07:58 PM   #1
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Support for other languages?

I am trying to convert a .txt file in Persian-Farsi (Arabic script) to LRF. It's not working. Is there any support for Arabic in Calibre?
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Old 01-24-2009, 08:33 PM   #2
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calibre conversions are language neutral. The SONY reader however doesn't have the fonts to support non european languages. In addition, arabic IIRC is right-to-left and I doubt the reader supports that.
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Old 01-24-2009, 08:37 PM   #3
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Bummer...any way around that? And if that was the case why did the output file from Calibre appear as all gibberish?
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Old 01-24-2009, 08:46 PM   #4
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For txt files you have to specify the correct character encoding in the conversion options.

You can try embedding fonts in the generated LRF, but you'll have to experiment extensively for that
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Old 01-24-2009, 08:49 PM   #5
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I am trying to convert a .txt file in Persian-Farsi (Arabic script)
How is the encoding of TXT files detected (in general, and in Calibre)? HTML would be a more language and encoding neutral starting point.
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How is the encoding of TXT files detected (in general, and in Calibre)? HTML would be a more language and encoding neutral starting point.
There is no foolproof way. calibre uses several heuristics, but these often fail, hence the need to specifythe encoding
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Old 01-24-2009, 10:04 PM   #7
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How do I even do that?
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Old 01-24-2009, 10:38 PM   #8
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LRF doesn't support RTL text, so I doubt it will display correctly even if you succeed in embedding fonts. The best way is to generate a Reader-sized PDF with embedded fonts.
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Old 04-15-2009, 03:25 AM   #9
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I have tested PDFs with Sony and they work (PRS-700BC) however you have to create PDFs with correct font size so when they are displayed on the screen, they could be read. Fonts in PDF documents can not be resized they can only be zoomed in and that's not an option. So for now - until openinkpot takes over the world - you have to settle for meticulously formatted PDFs.
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