[Koha] Arabic Language Index/Search in 3.22 & 16.05

Mohammad Nashbat MNashbat at alfaisal.edu
Wed Jun 15 18:34:39 NZST 2016

Hi Jesse,

I just applied the Arabic language to Koha 3.22 and it works fine, I followed the steps in this link (https://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/Correcting_Search_of_Arabic_records ) but in the file words-icu.xml I added something different (see below), try it and I hope it works with you.

<icu_chain locale="en_IN.UTF-8">
  <transliterate rule="\'>\ "/>
  <transliterate rule="[:Number:] { '-' > '' "/>
  <transform rule="[:Control:] Any-Remove"/>
  <tokenize rule="l"/>
  <transform rule="[[:WhiteSpace:][:Punctuation:]] Remove"/>
  <transform rule="NFD"/>
  <transform rule="[:Nonspacing Mark:] Remove"/>
  <transform rule="NFC"/>
  <transliterate rule="{ الا > ا "/>
  <transliterate rule="{ الأ > أ "/>
  <transliterate rule="{ الإ > إ "/>
  <transliterate rule="{ الآ > آ "/>
  <transliterate rule="{ الب > ب "/>
  <transliterate rule="{ الت > ت "/>
  <transliterate rule="{ الث > ث "/>
  <transliterate rule="{ الج > ج "/>
  <transliterate rule="{ الح > ح "/>
  <transliterate rule="{ الخ > خ "/>
  <transliterate rule="{ الد > د "/>
  <transliterate rule="{ الذ > ذ "/>
  <transliterate rule="{ الر > ر "/>
  <transliterate rule="{ الز > ز "/>
  <transliterate rule="{ الس > س "/>
  <transliterate rule="{ الش > ش "/>
  <transliterate rule="{ الص > ص "/>
  <transliterate rule="{ الض > ض "/>
  <transliterate rule="{ الط > ط "/>
  <transliterate rule="{ الظ > ظ "/>
  <transliterate rule="{ الع > ع "/>
  <transliterate rule="{ الغ > غ "/>
  <transliterate rule="{ الف > ف "/>
  <transliterate rule="{ الق > ق "/>
  <transliterate rule="{ الك > ك "/>
  <transliterate rule="{ الل > ل "/>
  <transliterate rule="{ الم > م "/>
  <transliterate rule="{ الن > ن "/>
  <transliterate rule="{ اله > ه "/>
  <transliterate rule="{ الو > و "/>
  <transliterate rule="{ الي > ي "/>
  <casemap rule="l"/>

Thanks & Best Regards,

Mohammed Nashbat
Library Instructor

-----Original Message-----
From: Koha [mailto:koha-bounces at lists.katipo.co.nz] On Behalf Of Katrin Fischer
Sent: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 08:40 ص
Subject: Re: [Koha] Arabic Language Index/Search in 3.22 & 16.05

Hi Jesse,

is it possible you changed something in order to index 880 that got lost in in the update? 880 is not indexed by default atm I think, but probably should still be searchable in keyword search.

Is there any warning on the systme information tab of the about page?

Hope this helps,


Am 10.06.2016 um 17:53 schrieb Jesse A Lambertson:
> Hello and Happy Friday community,
> I have a question about enabling the indexing and searching of Arabic
> script in Koha.
> We are currently running a package installation of 3.20 on debian 7.
> In this installation, we are fully able to search in Arabic as the 880
> fields are properly indexed.
> But we are also now running a dev/test koha 3.22 (installed from
> tarball) on the same server to work out some issues of our
> customization. We are planning to then update the 3.20 instance to
> 16.05 on Debian 8.5. This will surely be a package installation
> (install koha-common etc).
> We are having troubles getting the Arabic language indexing to work on
> the 3.22 dev/test instance (ICU is on, we followed this:
> https://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/Correcting_Search_of_Arabic_recor
> ds
> My question is: Were there be any fundamental changes to 3.22 that
> would prevent the Arabic language indexing (880 fields) from working?
> Is this perhaps tied to the tarball installation?
> Should we expect the same difficulties when we update the main
> instance then to 16.05? Or should we expect all other configurations
> to roll smoothly into 16.05?
> Thank you much,
> Jesse

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