Have you checked your InDesign Character Panel to make sure that the proper language is selected from the pull-down menu at the bottom? Also check the Advanced Character options in any Paragraph or Character Styles that may exist in your documents to make sure that the correct language is chosen. Any text that doesn't have a character or paragraph style applied may also have to be selected and checked in the Character Panel for the correct language.
Thanks for the quick attention to this.
But I have checked everything, including dumping preferences.
The only thing that fixes the reverse order of words is if I change the binding to right to left, but of course that’s no good for my purpose.
To explain further, what seems to be happening is that words written in arabic or Persian are reversed on the line so, for example, Jack Frost reads from right to left on the line Frost Jack.
If I go into character direction and change it from default or right to left to, left to right, then the letters become gibberish.
I’m wondering if this might be a problem in converting the text from MsWord, because if I type in Persian in InDesign, it works just fine.
Here are two screen shot of a paragraph in Word and in ID, in case it helps.
As you may notice, single words are fine, it’s phrases with two or more words that
Unfortunately, I am not well versed enough in Word to be able to advise you on that part. Hopefully, another ACP who knows more about Word will be able to help you out.
What is odd, is that in some paragraphs where I do not clear override the phrases are in the correct order, but if I clear overrides, then the become backwards. In other paragraphs it makes no difference, they are always backwards, cleared or not.
Just wanted to thank you and let you know that I have found the problem. It’s neither Word nor ID, it’s the author who has been using a 2003 edition of MsWord and keying in the Persian via “insert symbol” where he has to reverse word order to get it to come out correctly on his Word doc. Of course, that screws up every conversion program.
Sorry for the trouble, and many thanks for your help.
Happy to be of help.