I have been working on the correct set up of a course for Arabic 101. Currently there are 5 professors form the University creating all the content for the course. The problems or inconvenient they have encountered are the following:
First one is that when they write in Arabic the indentation is left to write (LTR) and not Right to Left (RTL) now they would like this to be automatic and not have to change the indentation manually (we are not going to change the language of the course to Arabic since it is directed to people that have little or no knowledge of Arabic).
At the language department we have set as a rule that the professors collaborating in this course must write all their text in Microsoft Word before they paste it in to Moodle. We have done this because many Arabic speakers use other programs that use special fonts or encodings and will work only on their PCs. This rule has been working fairly well, but in many cases some diacritical marks are stripped away and the spacing is incorrect (may be the Arabic extension was not working?). I think this might have something to do with how Moodle stores this text in the DB (MySQL) and/or how it displays it; does Moodle saves all text as Unicode? Any fix, update or patch for this?
Juan Manuel Torres