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BICON(1)		    General Commands Manual		      BICON(1)

NAME
       bicon - a bidirectional console

SYNOPSIS
       bicon [isocode] [command	[arguments...]]

DESCRIPTION
       Bicon  is  a  console program that supports bidirectional text display,
       for languages like Arabic, Persian and Hebrew.

       bicon uses bicon.bin(1) to do the real  bidi/joining  conversion	 after
       loading a suitable keymap and font.

       While using bicon you can switch	between	Arabic and English, or between
       Persian and English, using the Alt-Shift	key combination.

OPTIONS
       isocode
	      The two letter ISO country code,	in  small  letters.   If  left
	      empty, the derived value from the	LANG variable is used instead.

       command
	      is  executed by bicon after it loads. If omitted,	bicon uses the
	      current SHELL , or /bin/sh if SHELL is undefined.

       arguments
	      are passed to the	command	to run.

ENVIRONMENT
       The following environment variables are utilized	by bicon :

       SHELL  If the variable SHELL exists, the	shell forked by	bicon will  be
	      that  shell.  If	SHELL is not set, the Bourne shell is assumed.
	      (Most shells set this variable automatically).

       LANG   If isocode is not	passed to bicon	, it will examine LANG to  de-
	      termine the desired language.

       TERM   Variable	TERM  is  examined in case to determine	how to set the
	      keymap and font.	Recognized values are  linux  and  xterm  cur-
	      rently.

       DISPLAY
	      If the value of TERM is xterm, then DISPLAY is examined by bicon
	      to find the X server to contant to load the keymap.

SEE ALSO
       bicon.bin(1),  unicode_start(1),	 unicode_stop(1),  loadkeys(1),	 dump-
       keys(1),	kbd_mode(1), setfont(8), setxkbmap(1), xkbcomp(1).

AUTHOR
       This  manual  page  was	written	by Muhammad Alkarouri, of the Arabeyes
       project.

REPORTING BUGS
       Please  report  bugs  at	 http://bugs.arabeyes.org/cgi-bin/bugzilla/en-
       ter_bug.cgi?product=BiCon.

COPYRIGHT
       Copyright  (C)  2004  Arabeyes Project.	This is	free software; see the
       source for copying conditions.  There is	NO warranty; not even for MER-
       CHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR	PURPOSE.

				March 28, 2004			      BICON(1)

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