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Hebrew in Mac OSX Java Applets

If you use a Mac, and find yourself using some Java based Chat Applet, you will notice you can’t write Hebrew. The keyboard input refuses to even switch to Hebrew.

I googled for a solution, and found none. In the end, I found the solution myself. Here’s what you need to do, to get it working:

  1. In spotlight, search for “Java Preferences”, and click to run this utility.
  2. You will see a list of JVM versions: 1.6.0, 1.5.0, and 1.4.2. Simply switch to 1.4.2 and click “Save”
  3. You are done! Remember to completely close your browser, before you try again.
I know, you want to give me a hug now, don’t you? 🙂
If you want a brief explanation of why this happens (technical stuff), email me and I will try my best to explain.