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Yudit multi-language text editor 2.9.2
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PostPosted: Mon 19 Jul 2010, 14:35    Post_subject:  Yudit multi-language text editor 2.9.2  

EDIT: I have written a tutorial HERE
which explains how to use Yudit for Hebrew and Arabic speakers.
I am hoping to encourage Localization projects.

If you are interested in typing in foreign languages this app is for you.
Imagine that you have a computer with a cheap
keyboard meant for typing English language documents,
but your teacher tells you to write an essay entirely
in German. If you use Abiword to type special
characters this will slow you down. Another option is
to remap your keyboard but this can be a scary nightmare.
The best solution is to use the program Yudit.
It's free and still being supported. It's useful for many
languages not just German. Clicking on the
menu icons should explain most things.
On the negative side, this is an old Unix program
and it shows it age!

Try the following download


Instructions: set it up for 'truetype' and then the language you want, for instance 'German'.
Now when you type certain key combinations, you will get a special character.

Some examples:
sz produces the German ß
ae produces the German ä
oe produces the German ö
ue produces the German ü
E$ produces the German €
Oe produces the German Ö

For situations like the German word 'Mauer', Yudit has the following feature
.e produces the German e
However the problem with this trick is you have to remember to type

Instead I prefer to set up Yudit for several languages,
and then use the function keys to quickly change the mapping.

For instance F1 for German , F2 for straight , and F3 for French
Simply press an Function key when you are in a tricky situation with your language. Example: When typing 'Mauer' switch to F2 then back to F1

You can type 'help' 'help -yes' or 'howto configure' into command field for
extra instructions.

The first time you use Yudit, the document opened is the FAQ, However the
second time You will get a blank document.

To start with a blank document:
In terminal type
touch file_name.txt
yudit file_name.txt

I have arial font built into this package to display
a wide variety of languages
I got this font from Ubuntu,but made a small change in name.
To use more exotic languages Chinese,Korean,Japanese,Thai
carefully read instructions at www.yudit.org

Read about the problems of using Chinese and Korean languages with Puppy
at http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=58312
and http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=51702
shinobar is the expert and he has the solution

The web site www.yudit.org has lots of info on where to get freeware fonts

A well written article on Yudit is available here

An interesting document on how to use Yudit for German

News items: Newest version of Lucid Puppy luci212 now has Hebrew and
Arabic built-in capability
Lighthouse Pup has added Thai font rendering ( ttf-thai-arundina )
and wqy-zenhei free font (Asian font rendering)


This group is trying to make the web 'International'
by making changes in the fonts

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PostPosted: Mon 26 Jul 2010, 19:08    Post_subject: picture of Yudit
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PostPosted: Wed 11 Aug 2010, 15:22    Post_subject: Hebrew,Arabic using Yudit  

Yudit can apparently be used for Hebrew and Arabic, but that's
beyond my capabilities. The interesting thing is that Geany opens
text files in these languages justified to the left as if they were
written in English. Abiword on the other hand opens these files
justified to the right hand side of page. I'm not sure which is best
since I'm hardy an expert on foreign languages. I'd like someone who
does know one of these languages to give a review and some tips.
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PostPosted: Mon 23 Aug 2010, 18:08    Post_subject: localization project problem  

Here is a tutorial to show Yudit usefulness in localization projects.

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