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Meshoulam, Arnon
2004-09-12, 07:36
I have a collection which consist of Hebrew tags. Using the font
mapping, I can correctly map the tags into Hebrew fonts, but as expected
they are being displayed left to right - i.e. end of word first.
I am thinking of the options to add right-to-left support:

Looking at CPAN:MP3:Info, support for Unicode is rather poor and no
support is included for L2R and R2L.
Windows and Unix OS manage to do it correctly, but I can't figure out
when they decide to swap the string around
Possible solutions I can think of:
* Swap the string around when read from the tags. To do so, it
would need to sit above the tagFunctions in Slim:Music:Info The function
could detect charsets above the standard latin-1 (or specifically
English) and opt to reverse the string
* Switch could be server setting, or specifically for a sub-set.
For example all songs under the directory XXXX

* Modify the individual handlers to swap the strings - a bit more
work and redundant

* Modify the Display handler (haven't found out where yet) to do
the same as above


Only problem I can see with these solutions is that they will not handle
mixed language strings, unless I go down to work processing which is
much trickier and could affect performance. What I mean is that:

<Best of Abba> (all in Hebrew/Arabic) would be displayed correctly
Best of Abba (All in English) would be displayed correctly
Best of <Abba> (only Abba in Hebrew/Arabic) would probably be displayed
as <Abba> fo tseB

Also haven't thought about a solution for the database backend

Any ideas/feedbacks on this.

Arnon

Jim
2004-09-12, 10:19
"Using the font mapping..."
What encoding are your files ID3 tags using?


Meshoulam, Arnon wrote:
> I have a collection which consist of Hebrew tags. Using the font
> mapping, I can correctly map the tags into Hebrew fonts, but as expected
> they are being displayed left to right - i.e. end of word first.
>
> I am thinking of the options to add right-to-left support:
>
> Looking at CPAN:MP3:Info, support for Unicode is rather poor and no
> support is included for L2R and R2L.
>
> Windows and Unix OS manage to do it correctly, but I can't figure out
> when they decide to swap the string around
>
> Possible solutions I can think of:
>
> * Swap the string around when read from the tags. To do so, it would
> need to sit above the tagFunctions in Slim:Music:Info The function
> could detect charsets above the standard latin-1 (or specifically
> English) and opt to reverse the string
> * Switch could be server setting, or specifically for a sub-set. For
> example all songs under the directory XXXX
>
> * Modify the individual handlers to swap the strings - a bit more
> work and redundant
>
> * Modify the Display handler (haven't found out where yet) to do the
> same as above
>
>
> Only problem I can see with these solutions is that they will not handle
> mixed language strings, unless I go down to work processing which is
> much trickier and could affect performance. What I mean is that:
>
> <Best of Abba> (all in Hebrew/Arabic) would be displayed correctly
>
> Best of Abba (All in English) would be displayed correctly
>
> Best of <Abba> (only Abba in Hebrew/Arabic) would probably be displayed
> as <Abba> fo tseB
>
> Also haven't thought about a solution for the database backend
>
> Any ideas/feedbacks on this.
>
> Arnon
>
>
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