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    Multiple Language Thesis created in Word 2003 (Word 2003)

    Hey folks, I am hoping that you may be able to help me. Part of my thesis involves translating a text from Arabic to English, and I am actually hoping for a parallel translation: the left page English and the right page Arabic. The problem is regarding the footnotes, which just don't seem to work.

    Is there any way I can set up the Word document to treat the footnotes on the Arabic side to be right aligned, using Arabic (Indian) numerals, with the numbers on the far right side of the page - while conversely - having the English footnotes displaying the normal way and be coming from the left side of the page?

    This has completely stumped me as I have also tried setting the complex scripts options to display Arabic and also make the footnotes come from the right, but it does this globally. Is there any way I can set up styles or something to allow this in Word, or will I have to go to a DTP program like InDesign to do this?

    Does anyone have any ideas that can help me, I am completely stumped on this right now... [img]/forums/images/smilies/ohmy.gif[/img]/

    dawood

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    Re: Multiple Language Thesis created in Word 2003 (Word 2003)

    Welcome to Woody's Lounge!

    Wouldn't it be easier to create the thesis as two separate documents, one set up in English for the left-hand pages and the other in Arabic for the right-hand pages? It should be possible to merge them in the final printed version.

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    Re: Multiple Language Thesis created in Word 2003

    Thanks for the reply Hans... that is my last resort actually. I was hoping there would be a way to do this in Word so that I would then have to not worry about fiddling with the page numbers and so on.

    If anyone has any ideas please let me know! [img]/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

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    Re: Multiple Language Thesis created in Word 2003

    I didn't know that InDesign would get you any closer to what you require

    I think you won't have luck with the footnote feature so I would attempt this by manually laying out the page using a 2 column table and setting the 'footnotes' in every second table row which should sit at the bottom of each page. This approach would be far easier if you used 'endnotes' rather than 'footnotes'.

    On re-reading your text, it sounds like you want separate pages for each language rather than putting them both on the same page. Perhaps Hans solution is best after all.
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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