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Arabic glyphs for spacing forms not properly displayed with LCDUI in Java ME

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Some Arabic glyphs, are not properly displayed with LCDUI in Nokia's SDKs for Java, while the same glyphs are properly displayed in Oracle's Wireless Toolkit emulator. Text rendering completely ignores these Arabic diacritics on Nokia devices.


The following Unicode glyphs in isolated form cannot be displayed as a String appended to an LCDUI Form:

Affected glyphs Isolated Unicode Form
ً 064B
ٌ 064C
ٍ 064D
َ 064E
ُ 064F
ِ 0650
ّ 0651
ْ 0652

How to reproduce

Assuming that mainform is an LCDUI Form object, one could append Arabic characters as a String by using their unicode representation as follows:


Affected SDKs

The above code does not display the proper Arabic glyph on the following emulators:

  • Nokia SDK 1.0 for Java
  • Nokia SDK 1.1 beta for Java
  • Nokia Belle SDK v0.6

Oracle's Wireless Toolkit version 3.0, displays the glyphs properly.


No solution is currently available for this issue.

See also

The Unicode Standard, Version 3.2 - Arabic Representation Forms

Article Metadata
Tested with
Devices(s): Nokia X3-02, Nokia 701
Created: skalogir (09 Jan 2012)
Last edited: hamishwillee (13 Aug 2013)
This page was last modified on 13 August 2013, at 06:10.
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