CTAN has a new package: arabi

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Wed Jul 26 17:06:07 CEST 2006

A new package has been installed at tug.ctan.org and should soon make its
way to your favorite mirror.

Thank you again for your upload,
Jim Hefferon
St Michael's College


The following information was provided by the package's contributor.

Name of contribution: arabi
Author's name: Youssef JABRI
Location on CTAN: /language/arabic/arabi
Summary description: A package toa add support of Arabic and Farsi to 
  (La)-TeX, compliant with BABEL 
License type: lppl

Announcement text given by the package's contributor: 
The Arabi package provides the Arabic script support for TeX without 
the need of any external pre-processor. The Bi-directional capability
supposes that the user has a TEX engine that knows the four primitives
\beginR, \endR, \beginL and \endL. That is the case of the TeX--XeT
and e-TEX engines. Arabi is fully compliant with the BABEL system. This
adds one of the last major multilingual typesetting capabilities not yet
supported by BABEL. It comes with about 30 GNU Arabic and 10 GNU
Farsi good quality fonts and may also use the Arabic fonts of other com-
mercial manufacturers. A limited support is already provided to use some
widely used Arabic and Farsi fonts that come with such systems. The
package is distributed under the LaTeX Project Public License (LPPL),
and has the LPPL maintenance status  Author-maintained. It can be
used freely (including commercially) to produce beautiful texts that mix
Arabic, Farsi and Latin (or other type) characters.
You can simply type the text you want in 8-bit what you see is what
you get text in many input encodings (actually, CP 1256, ISO 8859-6
and Unicode UTF-8 are supported) It can also typeset classical Arabic
poetry, and has a limited, but almost good, capability of vocalizing. 
It is LaTeX2e and BABEL compliant!
It has even an experimental module of transliteration!

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