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While looking through Vim's source code, I notice that it contained a folder named farsi in the top directory, created 9 years ago. The commit message seems to be just updated for version 7.1a. Why Farsi, and not any other language? And the location seems weird from a code organization perspective.

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It's just Farsi fonts, not code. The actual code lives in src/farsi.c, and is similar to src/arabic.c. Vim has shipped Farsi fonts since at least 1996 (as separate download).

Why does Vim ship with Farsi fonts but not Arabic fonts? Perhaps in 1996 Farsi fonts were not commonly shipped with OS's (and Arabic was), or perhaps it's a random inconsistent decision at the whim of Bram or another programmer ;-)

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