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  • Farsi Characters Transposed When Pasted Into InDesign

  • Eric Fitzgerald

    May 21, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Hello Cowpeople,

    I have a weird one. I am copying Farsi text from a Word document into an InDesign document and the text is getting transposed. I know Farsi reads right to left but when I paste it into InDesign it comes out the other way – left to right.

    What is weird is that if I paste it back into Word, it is in the correct order, so it’s not getting transposed in the copy. Only in the paste into InDesign. I’ve looked for a command that would retain the correct orientation, but no luck. I hope I don’t have to re-key this text letter-for-letter

    Eric Fitzgerald

  • Kalleheikki Kannisto

    June 2, 2019 at 7:04 am

    Doing right-to-left text in InDesign requires InDesign ME (Middle East) features activated. See here:

    Kalleheikki Kannisto
    Senior Graphic Designer

  • Eric Fitzgerald

    June 18, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks for the reply Kalleheikki,

    I ended up using the Adobe World Ready Paragraph Composer in the Paragraph drop down menu. That plus the Glyph pane made it doable. I learned that Farsi has different initial, medial and terminal characters. I see why my company has never done anything but Roman alphabet languages up until now. ☺

    Thanks again,

  • Kalleheikki Kannisto

    June 19, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    Ah, good to know there’s that option. Been a while since I’ve had to do right-to-left.

    Kalleheikki Kannisto
    Senior Graphic Designer

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