# [NTG-context] Arabic/Hindi numerals in layout structures (headers, page numbers, etc.)

talazem at fastmail.fm talazem at fastmail.fm
Mon Aug 3 04:24:50 CEST 2015

```Thank you for that, Idris. I had tried those earlier, but both of them gave me not digits but the Arabic equivalents of roman numerals — letters, used in the Arabic language, to denote enumeration (as you know). In fact, I have now settled on using those for my front matter in the Arabic critical edition. In fact, now that you mention them both, it seems to me that they produce the same out put: ا ب ج د ه و ز … which I would expect from abjadnumerals but not from arabicnumerals. Perhaps there is a bug?

But, in any case, the solution of Wolfgang solves my immediate problem. It would, of course, be nice not to have had to type out many lines of numbers (the Arabic edition has more than 250 sections, i.e. entries), and to have this automated when declaring the main language to be Arabic, for example. But it is a small price to pay for the flexible functionality.

All the best, and salam,
Talal

> On 3 Aug 2015, at 03:04, Idris Samawi Hamid ادريس سماوي حامد <Idris.Hamid at colostate.edu> wrote:
>
> Salaam, Talal,
> See below:
>
> On Sun, 02 Aug 2015 17:32:44 -0600, talazem at fastmail.fm <mailto:talazem at fastmail.fm> <talazem at fastmail.fm <mailto:talazem at fastmail.fm>> wrote:
>
>> Dear all,
>>
>> When typesetting in Arabic (or, for that matter, other non-Latin scripts), how does one get numerals to appear ‘natively’ in layout structures such as headers, page numbers, line-numbering, and footnote numbers? In the case of Arabic, this means using the so-called “mashriqi”, or “Arabic-Indic”/“Arabic-Hindi” numerals. Is there some option when defining the font family? (I would have thought that using “\mainlanguage[arabic]” would have done it.) Of course, I am using a font that contains the numbers of that script.
>
> I'm on the move, but try these keys in the appropriate structure commands:
>
> numberconversion=arabicnumerals
>
> Failing that, a workaround is to use the m-translate module, and define a translation for each the ten digits. But numberconversion=arabicnumerals is supposed to work.
>
> Wassalaam
> Idris
>
> PS \start-stopsection is now standard (\section is still there, but...)
>
>>
>> Mind you, if I manually type such numbers into the body of my text, they appear correctly. MWE below.
>>
>> Best wishes,
>> Talal
>>
>> =====
>> \setuppapersize[A6]
>> \mainlanguage[arabic]
>> \definefontfamily[mainface][serif][ALMFixed][features=arabic,range=arabic,]
>> \setupbodyfont [mainface,10pt]
>>
>> \starttext \showframe
>> \righttoleft
>>
>> %\setupdirections[bidi=global,method=two]
>>
>> \section{section one}
>> \startlinenumbering
>> \input ward
>> \stoplinenumbering
>> \footnote{I would like the footnote number — like the page number, section number, and linenumbers — to be in the so-called Arabic-Indic script.}
>>
>> \section{section two}
>> مرحباً بالعالم. ١٢٣٤٥٦٧٨٩٠ مرحباً بالعالم.
>> \stoptext
>> =====
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