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I have a client that wishes their site be translated into an Arabic version.
They have spent considerable time and energy getting it translated and now I
have a MS word doc with the arabic text that they wish to be inserted.

I use DW MX 2004. I can open the existing page and copy the new Arabic text
into the appropriate spots but when I save the file it turns the Arabic into
a bunch of '?'s. How can I get it to save the Arabic text the way it is
supposed to be encoded? It shows up on the screen ok until I close it and if
I open it, it is ?'s again. I have installed the Arabic languange pack and
also set the page to be encoded in windows-1256 which I think is the
appropriate font. In DW it displays it as Arabic but it won't save it that

Any suggestions?

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J. Codling


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It's nothing to do with Word. You need to install Arabic language support in

Open up control panel>Regional and Language settings>Details and go from

This of course implies you are running windows XP, or at least 2000. 9x is a
totally different matter, you have to obtain an Arabic version of this,
which you probably cannot now.


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Already done that... Thanks for the suggestion though. ;)

Re: Site Translation Arabic

"J. Codling" <jcodling-AT-jcodling-DOT-com> wrote:

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Might I suggest a different approach...

It seems to me that if you don't understand Arabic it's going to take a long
time and it'd be pretty frustrating to copy and paste a load of text from
the word processing doc into a WYSIWYG editor.

Maybe you could put up some kind of CMS, with a simple (wiki-like?) sytax
that the translator enters themselves, and is transformed into HTML by a
script; you could get by never touching Arabic.

IMO assembling multi-lingual pages should is best done by the computer.

Eitherway, I recoment keeping everything in utf8, because it can represent
(almost) any language and will hardly be any bigger for most files (Arabic
is in the first 1900 or so chars, which use 2 bytes each)
See for more info.

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Yes it is. I figured out how to get that far but now some of the text gets
messed up in the process. Frustrating...

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The translator was hired by my client and not by me. If it was done by me it
would already be in the HTML page.

I use PHP and all the pages are in seperate files that are actually easy to

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If I could get my computer to create it then I would be making way more
money than I am now. ;)

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Yes, UTF-8 is what I am doing the pages in now. Of course IE doesn't listen
to the meta tag that says what it is encoded in... Stupid Micro$oft...

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