EDS Publisher supports the use of advanced typesetting control for all major languages including Russian, Chinese, Hebrew, and Arabic.
There are two aspects to supporting these languages.
- First, the characters in many of these languages don’t use the same alphabet as English. The alphabet used by English, French, and German, as well as others, is known as a “Roman” alphabet. Many other alphabets exist.
- Second, many languages flow from right-to-left.
In this article, you will learn how to set up your Windows operating system and your EDS Publisher application to support templates written in any language, regardless of the alphabet or the direction of the flow.
The Windows operating system supports any language, but it does require some downloads and some configuration. The specifics are different depending on which Windows version you are using, but the same essential steps are involved.
The Control Panel includes an area to set up the clock, the language, and the geographic region. Within this area, you can “Add a Language”. Sometimes this involves downloading, but sometimes these installed language packs include multiple languages and all you need to do is activate the one you want. Use the Windows “Help” features to get the language you need installed into your computer.
After the installation is complete, you still need to set up the computer’s keyboard to input non-Roman alphabets into the EDS Publisher. Again, this is done through the Windows Control Panel. One completed, a keyboard language icon appears on the task bar, and this icon allows you to select the current language for the keyboard. Again, this feature is slightly different from Windows version to Windows version, and the best guidance is available from Microsoft’s Help pages.
In the end, you will have something like this on your task bar:
EDS Publisher Configuration
In order to author templates with non-Roman alphabets, you must select a corresponding font family. After installing the language into your Windows operating system, a supporting font family will automatically show up within your EDS Publisher font list.
Sometimes, you can only get the output you need by installing a font directly into the EDS Publisher, without installing it into the Windows operating system. For example, the font may be an “add-on” TrueType font provided by a third party. In the example below, you can see that there are two external fonts included in the template, but these only render correctly if the Hebrew language is enabled within the operating system.
For right-to-left languages, the template layout needs to be configured. You can either configure specific regions on a page, or an entire page. Details of how to do this are shown below.
- From the Ribbon navigate to the View tab;
- Select the Pagination button from the Show group;
- Select the dropdown menu from the right of the layout and click Edit Properties;
- From the Edit Layout panel in the Regions Layout section choose the Writing Mode from the Content group.
Note: Setting this option from the region will only change the writing mode for that specific region. You can set the writing mode for the whole Page Layout by choosing the Writing Mode in the "Page Layout" section.