Programming Right-to-Left Syriac Unicode text on Windows

For some time I have been trying to write a program on Windows XP which would help me work with Syriac text.  It has been quite a dreadful experience, and I am barely started!  The problem is finding out how to get one text box in my application to handle text as Right-to-Left Syriac, both display and text entry, while allowing the rest of the application to work as normal.  In case anyone else out there is struggling, I have written some notes on how to do it, now I have finally worked out the problem!

The same would apply to any RTL language, such as Hebrew and Arabic.  Is Ethiopic RTL, I wonder?

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