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Sorry for my late answer. Here's Nowruz

In MS Word, you have various options for inserting kashida. When you select
Right/Left/Center/Justified alignment, no kashida is placed. But when you
select Justify Low/Medium/High, it inserts Low/Medium/High length kashida in
the text. I think looking at paragraph alignment is a good way to
manage kashida

But I don't exactly understand the problem. There was some problem with
kashida placement in OpenOffice before, which caused defect output. But it
is fixed now <>. Do you
want to know "where kashida is allowed" or "where to put kashida to make the
text look nice"?

Happy Nowrouz

On Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 8:10 PM, Sophie Gautier <>wrote:

Hi all,

May be some of you will be able to help here?
Kind regards

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [Libreoffice] fixing kashida insertion
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 22:32:59 +0700
From: Martin Hosken <>

Dear Arabic experts,

The current kashida insertion implementation in libo is, to put it mildly,
a disaster. As I see it there are a few options open to us:

1. Get it right. This is really hard and beyond my capabilities in the time
I have available for this. But if someone wants to work out the preferred
location for each word and then insert there, then go for it.

2. Implement dumb kashida placement that says: you can insert a kashida at
any joining of two characters. This should be doable (famous last words)
based on Unicode properties.

3. Don't do kashida insertion at all. This is probably better than the bad
insertion we currently have.

I'm willing to have a go at 2 or 3. An alternative would be to add a switch
in say Options/Language Settings/Writing Aids/Options or Options/Language
Settings/Complex Text Layout to enable/disable kashida insertion. Such UI
stuff is beyond me at the moment.

I'm also not an arabic expert or really have any feelings on the matter.

What would the arabic dev community suggest?

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