About WebCALIS

WebCALIS is an experimental Java version of WinCALIS for PC, Mac, Linux, and UNIX platforms. It supports about 60% of the features of WinCALIS, but also includes some features which WinCALIS does not:

See also the WebCALIS Manual (PDF) and the WebCALIS CALIScript Language Quick Reference Guide (updated March 2002).


For information on displaying exotic character fonts, see below.

Java Security

You may, if you wish, use WebCALIS to run exercises from any Web server in the world, including your own, not just the one it was launched from. Similarly, you may wish to access WebCALIS tutorials on a different website; use the clipboard with WebCALIS; save records or screens to your local drive; print to your printer; etc. However, to do this, you need to tell your computer that you grant the WebCALIS Java applet permission to do that. For information on how to do this, see our Java Security page.

List of some of the sample exercises provided for trying out one of the versions of WebCALIS below.

WebCALIS Versions

NOTE: When you click on one of the links below, you will start to launch a little Java applet. No big deal, but if you launch the wrong one, you would do best to exit your browser before trying another one (do this whenever you wish to launch a different version after having already launched one), so read first, then click!

To display all non-Latin characters in Windows using your Unicode-compliant fonts, be sure to get our customized font.properties file. In Windows right-click and choose "Save Target As..." Make sure the file is saved with the name "font.properties" -- put quotes around it to ensure that Internet Explorer does not append ".txt" to the name. Save the file in the "lib" directory of the Java 2 Runtime Environment on your local machine (by default, this would currently be something like "C:\Program Files\Javasoft\JRE\1.4\lib") or the "jre\lib" directory of the Java 2 SDK, replacing the "font.properties" file that is there (make a backup first). Note: this is an extension to the U.S./Western Europe version of "font.properties." For information on how to modify versions for other locales, please consult Sun's documentation about the font.properties file.

The font.properties file assumes that you have a Unicode-compliant font already installed in your operating system, which contains the glyphs to display the language you are interested in. The most comprehensive font currently published is Microsoft's "Arial Unicode MS". This font is included with all versions of the Microsoft Office 2000 Service Release 1 (SR-1) CD. For more general Unicode font information, see also the Unicode Consortium fonts page.

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