Q: how can I get get full bidi support for Arabic when installing Emacs from source?
I compiled Emacs from source (v. 26.1) and found that the bidi is not working correctly for Arabic.
The good: I can input Arabic characters in right-to-left form (correct).
The bad: none of the letters connect (Arabic is a scripted language, and the letters are supposed to connect). So, for example, the following phrase:
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
gets rendered in Emacs (via
emacs -Q) as:
I was previously using Emacs v. 25, installed via my distro's package manager. I am using the same font as before, which has good support for Arabic characters.
How can I get full bidi support when installing via source?