Syriac ligatures in Author mode

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friedemann_bach
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Syriac ligatures in Author mode

Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:16 pm

Dear forum,

I have some issues with displaying Syriac ligatures in Author mode. I am using "Estrangelo Edessa" font, which usually works well on my system. The ligatures do not display in Author mode (with setting of direction:rtl of course). The problem consists in Text mode. It works, however, very well for Arabic.

Do you have an idea what could cause that and how to fix this? I would appreciate any hint.
Radu
Posts: 5763

Re: Syriac ligatures in Author mode

Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:18 am

Hi,

We know about this problem but unfortunately it is not within our control to make this work, as a Java application in some ways we are limited by the problems of the Java application. This problem might probably be fixed when Java 1.9 is released though:

https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8050404

As a workaround, Oxygen is also available as a plugin for the Eclipse workbench. From what we tested a while ago the Oxygen plugin for Eclipse does not have the same problems with Syriac.

Regards,
Radu
Radu Coravu
<oXygen/> XML Editor
http://www.oxygenxml.com
friedemann_bach
Posts: 48

Re: Syriac ligatures in Author mode

Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:32 pm

Hi Radu,

thank you very much for the explanation. This helps a lot. Maybe I could also try the Early Access Release just to check whether the issue has already been resolved.

Best regards, and keep up the brilliant work!
Radu
Posts: 5763

Re: Syriac ligatures in Author mode

Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:37 pm

Hi,

The Oxygen installation folder has a "jre" folder inside it. If you rename that folder to something else, Oxygen will start using the default Java JRE registered in the OS.
Of course if you are lucky and it fixes anything Java 1.9 might induce another set of problems, I don't think we tested Oxygen with Java 1.9 yet on our side.

Regards,
Radu
Radu Coravu
<oXygen/> XML Editor
http://www.oxygenxml.com
friedemann_bach
Posts: 48

Re: Syriac ligatures in Author mode

Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:47 pm

Excellent, I will give it a try. Thanks!
bulk_bulk
Posts: 2

Re: Syriac ligatures in Author mode

Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:25 pm

Dear forum,
I would appreciate if someone could tell me if the issue about displaying syriac ligatures in oXygen has been definitely solved because I would like to buy the editor right for that purpose. Currently my pc is running Java 8 (build 1.8.8_171-b11).

Thanks
adrian
Posts: 2454

Re: Syriac ligatures in Author mode

Wed Sep 12, 2018 5:52 pm

Hi,

The Syriac ligatures issue can still be found in Java 8. The issue seems to have only been resolved in Java 9 and later. Since Oxygen (as of v20.1) still uses Java 8 out-of-the-box, it is still affected by this issue.
However, like my colleague mentioned before, Oxygen (since v20) can be run with Java 9 or 10, although we do not yet officially support running Oxygen with a version of Java other than 8. While we have started testing with Java 9 and 10 there are many other issues that need to be addressed before we can officially support them.

In conclusion, it is possible to run Oxygen 20.x or later with Java 9 or 10 and the Syriac ligatures issues should be resolved, however you may encounter other unforeseen issues with these versions of Java that could break Oxygen functionality.

Regards,
Adrian
Adrian Buza
<oXygen/> XML Editor, Schema Editor and XSLT Editor/Debugger
http://www.oxygenxml.com
bulk_bulk
Posts: 2

Re: Syriac ligatures in Author mode

Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:51 pm

Adrian, thank you very much for your exhaustive answer.
Since I am interested in exploiting all the potentials of oXygen without incurring problems of any kind, I will patiently wait for further developments.
Best Regards,
C.
adrian
Posts: 2454

Re: Syriac ligatures in Author mode

Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:10 pm

Hi,

As a side note, it is also possible to use the Oxygen plugin for Eclipse to successfully work with Syriac script. Although the UI looks slightly different than the standalone distribution of Oxygen.
If you don't need any of the Eclipse IDE tools (Java development, Web, etc), you can use the Platform Runtime distribution of Eclipse (click on the released version and search for Platform Runtime). e.g. http://download.eclipse.org/eclipse/downloads/drops4/R-4.8-201806110500/#PlatformRuntime
Download the Oxygen Plugin zip distribution.
Unpack both, the Oxygen Plugin zip distribution should be unpacked (or unpacked folder moved) to the eclipse/dropins folder (eclipse/dropins/oxygenxml.oxygen_20.1).

Regards,
Adrian
Adrian Buza
<oXygen/> XML Editor, Schema Editor and XSLT Editor/Debugger
http://www.oxygenxml.com

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