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For thus who are interested, please find below the Oracle response on this issue:
WebView uses the default JavaFX graphics pipeline, which is different than the one used for Swing/AWT. Support for right to left languages and complex characters is only planned for JDK 8 (JavaFX 8), but an early access implementation should soon be available as part of the JDK 8 weekly builds at http://jdk8.java.net/downloads.html
Whatever support for Arabic existing in JavaFX 2.2.x is not complete, and I would not recommend that you rely on it in "production" mode.
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I have a requirement to support the Khmer script, used in Cambodia, in my application. This requirement may force me to choose another technology besides JavaFX, since it is a complex script that appears to be unsupported now. Can Oracle provide any updated information on how support for these scripts are coming, and an anticipated release date?
So, I'm currently running 1.8.0-ea-b73 and a very brief initial test shows support for Japanese characters. I have not yet attempted to get them displaying vertically.
EDIT: Sorry, just realized that wasn't a general request to report what works/doesn't with regard to this issue.
Edited by: e-dubkendo on Feb 17, 2013 11:45 AM