The Arabian Oasis

Arabic on the WWW

Arabic on the WWW can be provided in two forms; either as text or as graphics. Arabesque provides a discussion of both approaches. GLSNA's Arabic home page provides a sample of the main aim of The Arabian Oasis, i.e. providing environmental awareness literature in Arabic text form.

How can I view the Arabic text?

As you can read this now, there is absolutely no problem in viewing English text. However, if you wander into an Arabic page, you will see something like hieroglyphics. The Arabic text (as well as all none Latin languages) requires use of one of a family of multilingual browsers, all of which are available on free trial basis. The viewing of the traditional 'graphic' Arabic sites, does not require special browsers (if you have the time). However, it is not accessible to Lynx users, unlike the Arabic text.

So, if you wish to see the Arabic text (not the graphics) examples, go ahead follow the links provided, download your free trial copy of a multilingual browser (or plug-in). Keep the address of this page in your bookmarks, or favourites. Get off the Internet, install it and come back again.


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The Arabic text (not graphic) examples on this site are best viewed using the following browsers:

* AccentSoft International Inc. Multilingual Mosaic.
* Netscape Navigator with the 'Navigate with an Accent' plug-in.
* Lynx 2.5 and 2.6 (for text only).

This site can optionally be viewed by the following browsers:

* Tango; Alis Technologies Inc., Canada.
* Tiber; Video On Line, Italy.

For more information about reading Arabic text HTML visit Professor Nicholas Heer's web page

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Arabic in text form:

* The GreenLife Society - North America (GLSNA) Arabic home page.
 Arabesque Winner of a 'Best Global Site' award by public contest.
 When would the death of Arabs be announced? A poem by Nizar Qappani.
 Arabiat (uses Windows Arabic format not standard format)
 Alis Technologies Inc. Arabic page (Windows 1256)
 BYTE Middle East
 Internet in arabic and in arab World By Adel El Zaim.
 The Pharaohs. Can only be viewed by frames-enabled browser* and/or Window 3.x with Arabic support.
 Quds Press. (change the page code in the upper right corner of the Multilingual Mosaic to Windows 1256).

*This Web for Windows 95 users (Arabic Edition) otherwise you will find some problems while browsing it due to the difference in character code . To get the best view while browsing this Web you must choose your (Proportional Font) in your Netscape Navigator to be (Times New Roman) and (Fixed Font) to be(Courier New) and both size must be 12. We have chosen these fonts because it is a standard Windows fonts and the most suitable fonts for both English and Arabic Language browsing.

The problem is that I could not view it using either AccentSoft Multilingual Browser and/or Netscape Navigator Gold with the AccentSoft "Navigate with an Accent" plug-in. This is one of the problems confronted in Arabic text pages; lack of adherence to international standards. Byte Middle East uses 3 different HTML scripts to satisfy almost all needs, depending on automatic detection of the browser used. I do not know what is worse, adopting multiple 'formats' or presenting Arabic as graphics?

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Arabic in graphic form:

 Al-Ittihad Newspaper
 Al-Sirat Al-Mostaqeem (Islamic magazine).
 Al-Watan Newspaper
 AdDustour Newspaper
 Al-Ayam Newspaper
 Shihan weekly
 Al-Ra'i Online

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Conclusion:

Arabic in graphic form cannot be justified nowadays. It is more expensive for the publisher and for the user who usually pays by the minute. It is almost completely useless when it comes to re-using it. For complete discussion of the issue read Arabesque.

The only exception is its use in Quran (the Muslims' holly book), for the need of Tashkeel, which is still a problem for Arabic text internet publishing. Though Arabic word-processing programs, including Accent Multilingual Publisher, can produce such text, yet when converted to HTML, these special characters taks a space by itself, destroying the continuity of the Arabic words. However, as demonstrated by Professor Nicholas Heer, this has been overcome.

The dependence on graphics also excludes lynx users from the Arabic information. Adherence to the ISO-8859/6 Arabic code should be the standard.

If you have links to pages in Arabic text, please contact me fits@servtech.com

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