Best practices for editing RTL languages for the Web?
October 30, 2012 9:29 AM Subscribe
What tools do you use to edit Persian for the Web, preferably, but not necessarily, on a Mac?
posted by bricoleur to computers & internet (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I need to be able to take a Word doc in Persian and accurately convert it to UTF-8 HTML. (I'd prefer to do this without retaining all the bloated MS Word markup, but am willing to compromise on that.)
I also need to be able to edit that HTML later, and it's this second task that's driving me bonkers. I'm using BBEdit, and when I try to select a piece of text in the HTML, my cursor behaves in a completely (to me) unpredictable way. I click here, the cursor shows up over there. I try to use the shift key with the arrow keys to select text, and the selection shrinks or grows in directions and increments that baffle me. (WYSIWYG editors are, unsurprisingly, far worse.) As a corollary, the order of the characters as I see it in the markup is often not the same as when it's seen in the browser.
Complicating circumstances: These texts often include snippets of English (ltr), and I do not speak or read Persian (possibly not really relevant but I thought I should mention it so you could tailor your response to my level of