How To View Arabic Pages
Please read this guide if you face difficulties
in viewing Arabic Pages on the Internet.
For Webmasters interested in
using this page for their Arabic sites: Please read these Remarks
Arabic pages in this site are presented
as text, not images as in many Arabic sites on the Internet, In order
to view them, you need to browse the pages using the right combination of
operating system and browser.
Please read the following
options and choose the one you prefer.
If you are using [Arabic and
non-Arabic] Windows 3.X, 95 or 98
[Arabic] Internet Explorer 5.0 is the preferred choice for you
if you are looking for a smooth Arabic browsing on different
versions of Arabic and non-Arabic windows. Currently our pages are
designed to be best viewed using this browser. We recommend that you
keep watching Microsoft Internet Explorer homepage to make sure that
you have the latest version of this browser. Please read
this note to make sure that you install the Arabic support
If for any reason you
don't wish to install our recommended browser, Sindibad
Arabaization tool form Sakhr can be used along with Netscape
Navigator to view our Arabic pages. You can download the latest
version of this software form http://www.sakhr.com
for free, but please read our
special alert before you start.
If you are
using MAC OS
Explorer can be used on Arabic Mac systems to view our pages. visit http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie
and download the latest Mac version of the browser. Please note that
this option was not tested on most of the Mac versions.
If you have an Arabic
MAC, you can read our Arabic pages but not directly. Download an
Arabic-text filter, then go to the page you want to read, save it to
your local machine, then open the convert utility you've download
and locate the page you saved, then convert it to Arabic-Mac format
and save it. Now open the saved page, you can now read it. The
location of the filter is: http://www.hf.uib.no/smi/files/Win-MacArabic.sea.hqx.
You can also find information on how to Arabaize your Mac at http://www.hf.uib.no/smi/index.html,
then look for the word: MACINTOSH.
Currently you can read
only one of our sites without the need to convert the pages. Click
here to go to that site (Al Raya Daily Newspaper), and sorry for
If you are
Explorer 5.0 is on option for this platform. Please visit http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie
and download the latest browser available. Please note that we did
not have a chance to test this option yet. If you would like to
volunteer, please let us hear
Currently, PMOSAIC and
AraMosaic 1.1 can render Arabic text on Arabic Unix systems. But
note that they can not display frames, execute Java Applets or
Scripts, or support ActiveX controls and components. You can
find araMosaic at: http://www.spartacus.com/langbox/
Now you may ask: why do not
you just follow the others and display the Arabic pages in your site as
Fine!, but we do have a very
strong reasons behind this...
Loading time for the
Arabic text is much faster than waiting for the images to be
Using text, will help
you copy and past Arabic web content into your documents.
While the Arabic content
is entered as a text, you will be able to search Arabic web pages
for topics you are looking for.
Developing the Arabic
pages as images will be reflected on the size of material that we
offer. in other words, the more images are used, the less content is
Finally, this is the
natural way of doing things!.
Alert on Sindibad plug-in:
We have found many major
problems and shortcomings with Sindibad that make using it not very
practical. Therefore, we recommend that users who do not have an Arabic
operating system (like Windows 95 Arabic or Windows 98 Arabic) use
Microsoft Explorer 5, which successfully supports Arabic text on
non-Arabic Windows operating systems and provides an ideal solution for
To download Microsoft IE5:
to Add Arabic Text Display Support for Internet Explorer 5
If you are installing IE5
for the first time:
If you have IE5 already
installed, please follow theses steps:
From the start menu
Select the control panel
Internet Explorer 5 and Internet Tools
Check the "add
component" radio button, then press OK.
Scroll until you find
the "multi language support" option.
Check "Arabic text
display support" , then press next
Press finish, then your
computer will restart.
Important notes for
users: (Under Arabic Systems)
If you can not read Arabic
pages, please follow these instructions:
Make sure that you are
running your browser under Arabic Windows, if not, download Sindibad
plug-in from Sakhr site.
Run your browser, choose
Arabic mode if you are using Sindibad and go to one of our Arabic
From Netscape, Choose
Options > General Preferences > Fonts.
Click the "Choose
Font" Button to change the default Proportional Font.
A Fonts Dialog box will
appear , choose an Arabic font (such as Traditional Arabic or
Transparent Arabic) from the list and choose a font size.
Click OK, the Font
dialog box will disappear.
Click OK to save the
Now You can read the
for Webmasters interested in using this page for their Arabic sites
We are glad that
numerous Arabic sites are using this page as a standard reference
text for instructions on how to view Arabic pages on the Internet.
However, if you are planning to do that, we would require you to
place a reference at the top of your page indicating that the page
is published courtesy of Horizons, and linking this statement to our
website at www.iHorizons.com
in the following fashion:
“This page is published
courtesy of Horizons”.
This is a copyrighted page
and we appreciate that you honor that.
As a better alternative,
you can LINK to this page from your own page, and use the following
icon as an indication of instructions to read Arabic: ,
and link it to the address: www.iHorizons.com/arabic/arabic_guide.htm
. This is better because we keep updating this page as technology
develops, and you don’t have to go through the hassles of updating
your page every time a new software or technique comes out. You just
place the icon on your page and we do the rest for you!.
We are trying to set that
as a standard for Arabic pages on the Internet and we hope that you
help is with the for the benefit of all Arabic Internet users.
Thank you for helping
standardize instructions for reading Arabic text on the Internet.
MS Windows 95 font smoother
To improve the overall
quality of fonts displayed on your screen, download
and use MS Windows 95 font smoother. This free utility from Microsoft
makes your fonts display in a smoother way, but works only if your
display is set to 64K colors or more. The link will give you more
information and installation details.
is no longer required for MS Windows 98 or higher.