Design of information systems for Arabic

  • Patrick A. V. Hall
  • Ismael A. Hussein
Man-Machine Interface
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 65)


The design of information systems for the handling of Arabic text is considered. The final objective is assumed to be the storage of information in Arabic, with the requirement later to retrieve the information using Arabic.

Initially, those aspects of Arabic which are of concern in the design of computer based information systems are surveyed. Arabic script is examined for its division into words and its letters and their various forms. Particular attention is paid to the use of spaces and decorative bars. Names of particular importance in many information systems, and Arabic names are examined in depth.

Then systems design in all its aspects is considered. Peripheral design and the design of internal codes are first considered, weighing the alternative choices against the impact these would have on the retrieval algorithms. Then the various algorithms for searching using indexes, comparing text for identity, and comparing for sorting are examined. Also algorithms of secondary concern, searches for appropriate matches, are discussed.

Finally, it is argued that codes and character forms should be standardised. Recommendations can be made concerning the handling of Arabic text and Arabic names, but it is not proposed that these should be the basis for standardisation.


Saudi Arabia Arab World European Language Word Fragment Space Character 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick A. V. Hall
    • 1
  • Ismael A. Hussein
    • 1
  1. 1.SCICON InternationalRiyadhKingdom of Saudi Arabia

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