How to Setup Standard Unicode
Last Updated: December 28, 2004
In this article you will find valuable information on how to view the web pages in your language. This page is mainly developed for Farsi (Persian), but the instructions are the same for other languages. Some instructions are only for left-to-right languages or only Farsi. You will also learn how to setup the standard Farsi input in Linux, Windows XP and 2000 and Mac OS and how to add support for Farsi to Windows 9x and NT 4. You will also install links to extra fonts and programs. Please note if you are using Mozilla Firefox or any 2-year-old or newer browser, you should be able to read Farsi and visit Persian web sites without installing Farsi input on your system. Hope you find these article useful. This page will be updated in the future. You are free to use this information as long as you provide a link to this page or www.hoomanb.com.
Nastaligh Calligraphy Font (New! I made this free font based on a Nastaligh font in Urdo)
How to Read Farsi in Web Browsers
The following browsers
support Unicode and Farsi:
- Mozilla Firefox - all versions!
- Netscape 6.0 and Mozilla 1.2 and later all browsers based on Mozilla should work.
- Internet Explorer 5.0 and later (5.1 and later support input)
- Opera (Version 7.0 supports Farsi but the support is not very good. Try others for now...)
- Konqueror (KHTML) 3.0 and later (older versions might work too, please try and let me know...)
- Apple Safari - all versions
Important Information: If you can not read Farsi specially in web mail sites like Yahoo and Hotmail make sure "Unicode (UTF-8)" is selected as the Encoding. Click here for detailed instructions with Pictures.
1.First, to check if you already
have the Farsi installed, try to read the line below which is Farsi. If you can
read it you have Farsi installed already, of course! If you can't read the line, before
going to the next step Click
here and follow the instructions.
سيستم شما آماده دسترسی به سايتهای فارسی است
2.If the above didn't work, although it should, try adding Farsi to the list of Languages. You should go to your browser's Options or Preferences (For example in Internet Explorer menu, click on Tools and then Internet Options), then go to Languages and add Farsi (if it is in the list).
Detailed information for almost every browser is available here.
Click here for detailed information regarding Linux and KDE.
Windows XP and 2000
Click here for detailed information regarding Windows XP and 2000.
Windows 95, 98 & NT 4
Important Information: Download Courier New from this site if you can't read Farsi or can read but have problems with some letters. Before installing the font remove the old version.
To add Persian to these older versions you must install Unicode Farsi for Windows. It will automatically set your language settings and put an Icon to change the language in your System Tray.
Additional Fonts & Sites
Here you can find links to free download sites:
Borna Rayane - The best Unicode fonts with all the correct letters and programs for writing Unicode Farsi.
Microsoft Arabic True Type Open Fonts Pack
These are some nice fonts, including a very nice Nastaligh from Microsoft
Mazar - Free Persian fonts for Windows
Here you can find a pack of fonts, you will see a sample and you can click for a free download. (These fonts don't have the standard unicode encoding, thus the letter "Yeh Farsi" has some problems.
Farsido - My updated version of Simredo which supports Vazhe Negar and Iran System conversion. The Beta version of this software is available for Free download. Please share the downloaded version. Simredo is a multi-OS (Windows, Mac, Unix, Linux) multi-language (Farsi and more) Editor written in Java. It supports Farsi keyboard and converts some systems too. Current version convert IranSystem but the future versions will convert others including Vazhe Negar (Check our Shabredo). You need Java Runtime Environment to run this program. Click here for Simredo download and installation instructions.
The FarsiWeb Project
This site gives you links to great Unicode Farsi tools for Windows, Linux and Unix. Great for programmers and webmasters.
More sites to be posted on future updates.
Article by Hooman Baradaran