# Arabic letters using the “Scripts for data acquisition with paper-based surveys”

I am designing a questionnaire with the "Scripts for data acquisition with paper-based surveys" (SDAPS) - available here: https://sdaps.org/ Although from version 1.1.11 released on 27.12.2015 Arabic language is available (see here) I am not able to write all Arabic letters, and especially to copy and paste arabic text directly. After installing sdaps and its dependences (https://sdaps.org/Download/), one could run the following minimal working example.

How to type or (even better) copy/paste Arabic letters in this setting?

    \documentclass[arabic, pagemark, stamp]{sdaps}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}

\begin{document}

\begin{questionnaire}

\singlemark{How often do you use SDAPS?}{never}{daily}

\end{questionnaire}
\end{document}


EDIT: I found a work around which now produces Arabic letters compiling with Lualatex. However the letters'flows goes from left to right, opposite than it should. Please see the code below:

      \documentclass[arabic, pagemark, stamp, final]{sdaps}

\usepackage{fontspec}
\newfontfamily\afont[Script=Arabic]{Amiri}
\usepackage[voc]{arabtex}

\begin{document}

\begin{questionnaire}
\begin{choicequestion}[1]{\afont{استطلاع}}
\choiceitem{\afont{استطلاع}} \\

\end{choicequestion}

\end{questionnaire}
\end{document}

• Is there a question? – cfr Jul 22 '18 at 19:12
• As now added in the main text above: How to type (or even better) copy and paste arabic letters in this setting? – Caserio Jul 22 '18 at 19:22
• I see reference to pdflatex on the web site, but not to xelatex or lualatex, and you’ve loaded inputenc, which also suggests that you’ll be compiling with pdflatex. In that case, the arabtex package is your best bet. Have you tried it with this document class? – Thérèse Jul 22 '18 at 23:03
• Actually I have triedarabtex and it works only outside of the "question fields". Using the sdaps class with the native option arabic produces Arabic letters from Latin characters by compiling with pdflatex. The issue is that I am unable to produce some Arabic letters (7 letters in total: ث ء ج ح خ ذ ع غ ). – Caserio Jul 23 '18 at 6:46
• arabtex is made for use with pdflatex and works only with its own fonts, not with any Arabic font you may choose through fontspec. – Thérèse Jul 23 '18 at 12:48