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A BusinessObjects Home Run -- in Arabic

by Scott Wallask

December 7, 2011

By Scott Wallask, SAPexperts

I love it when new authors solidly hit the target with their first article for us, so I applaud Shirish Dubey and Rohini Haksar, both of Fujitsu Consulting India, for their work in writing the BI Expert piece, “Create Dashboards and Other BusinessObjects Reports in Languages Not Supported by SAP.”

We can all appreciate the frustration of an SAP BusinessObjects user who crunches data in a language not supported as a standard offering from SAP.

Haksar and Dubey show you how to download new language packs – in this case, for Arabic – and install them into SAP BusinessObjects (formerly Xcelsius). The result is a dashboard (below) with Arabic fonts that runs from the right side of the screen to the left, as is custom in Arabic.

Arabic dashboard

“At the universe level, Arabic data is not seen correctly (i.e., it is not presented in the correct format of right to left indented) because the table values are not affected by the font or the language pack you installed,” the authors wrote, following with advice on how to remedy that obstacle.

Their approach also applies to Crystal Reports and SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence.

I hope others who are interested in writing for BI Expert contact me, as we’re planning to publish more articles in 2012 than ever before. We want to hear about implementation experiences, best practices you use, and how-to instructions that have helped your company or clients.

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