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« on: February 16, 2014, 07:18:48 AM »

Hello folks.
My name is Peled. I live in Israel.
I'd love to offer my help with translating the game into hebrew (Loom was also published in hebrew back then).
I'm a 2nd-year computer science student and also experienced with graphic design (photoshop work mostly). So, I hope I'll be able to help with these issues at the not too far future.
14 years ago , I've created the hebrew Loom fan site. It also got recognition when they wrote about it in the computer section of Israel's largest newspaper.
Today it is no longer online, but I have plans to revive it, and add there some Forge related content, since there are not so few israeli fans out there.
I hope I can give as much as possible for this wonderful project, I was waiting a lifetime (The first time I've played Loom, I was 5 or 6 years old Smiley ) .
Anyway, I'd like to wish all those involved, a lot of success in fulfilling the project's goals.

Best wishes,
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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2014, 09:59:06 AM »

Hello Peled!

Wow, didn't expect this to come, honestly! I'd be more than pleased to make this a reality, even if just for the pleasure of having a broader range of translations.

Unfortunately, there are high chances that this won't be possible. The engine we're using has several limitations when it comes to "text". Font can only have a limited amount of characters, and moreover there also could be issues with the fact you write text from right to left (if I'm not mistaken).

However, I remember of some developers who were interested in that too, so I'll check if it's possible to use a workaround.

The fact there has been an official Hebrew translation hints to the fact there might be a good amount of fans there. May I inquire about the state of English knowledge there? Do you have any secondary language in Israel?

Shalom,
-Gabriele

P.S. Let's put that Loom site back online! Wink
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2014, 10:25:44 AM »

Hi Gabriele!
Hebrew actually has fewer characters than English..
And you are right! We do write Hebrew from right to left.
However, no shortage of online tools which can reverse the order of the letters, if necessary (no familiarity with your specific engine).

English is taught as a second language here.
I'd be more than glad to participate by any way in the Forge project.

I'll probably start working on the Loom site in the next couple of days.

Shlom  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2014, 01:24:25 PM »

Hi again.

Good news: AGS fully supports right to left style, and alignment to the right as well. The only thing I need now is a Hebrew SCI font. SCI is a now virtually unknown format for Fonts which is very different from TrueType and as far as I know there is no way to convert from one format to another. AGS supports TTF as well, but in a way that it's not very convenient to use; thus I'd reather have a SCI font.
I can create one myself, as I did with the Cyrillic alphabet, but I know someone who created a Hebrew font many years ago, and I hope that font is still around somewhere.

I'll keep you up to date and have you check the font as soon as I have it ready.
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