[Archivesspace_Users_Group] Using Arabic or right-to-left scripts in AS title field

Bradley Bauer bdb3 at nyu.edu
Mon Mar 8 00:41:08 EST 2021

Hello all,

I am interested in this as well, as I have wanted to enter Arabic titles of
documents or printed items (such as ephemera or printed material) in their
own script, and not just as transliterated text, where possible.

Over the months, I have experienced a couple of things when doing so,
either in the title field, or in notes.

On one level, having both the Arabic and Latin script in the same field
won't work, left-to-right and right-to-left texts don't share fields very
well.  That led me to start using the "notes" field at the file level, so I
could put an alternate form of the title below, and see whether it
displays.  I tried this initially using English in the title field, and
Arabic in the note (although one could do the reverse as well).  The first
time I tried that, when I created a preview copy, it gave me just hash-tag
symbols instead of Arabic text.  Recently when I tried again, I got Arabic
letters, but separated, and only in their initial form, not the medial or
final forms of the letters (using the correct form is critical in Arabic
text, which has three forms based on the placement of a given letter within
a word).  So the display in Arabic would read something like this:

If there are some well-proven work-arounds for that, it would be really
helpful to know.

Best regards,

Brad Bauer
NYU Abu Dhabi Library

On Sun, Mar 7, 2021 at 2:23 AM Jasmine Soliman <jasmine.soliman at nyu.edu>

> Hello,
> I'd like to connect with anyone who is currently using, or experimenting
> with, Arabic or r-t-l script in the title field of AS. We've had mixed
> results with punctuation/typographical symbols when trying to include both
> English and Arabic in the title, so I'd like to connect with anyone working
> on this.
> Best regards,
> Jasmine
> jasmine.soliman at nyu.edu
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Brad Bauer
Librarian for Archives and Special Collections
New York University Abu Dhabi
PO Box 129188
Saadiyat Island
Abu Dhabi, UAE
e-mail:  bdb3 at nyu.edu
phone:  +971 2 628 7335
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