Should this be "this wall" instead of "this is the wall"?
"This is the wall" would be "hatha hooa al Ha2it".
Maybe I'm wrong.
This is also what I had thought. Most odd!
Going off the tips, I also thought it was "this wall"
But on another post, I saw someone adding هو to get the 'is' in 'this is the wall' - هٰذا هو اَلْحائِط where هو for masculine and هي for feminine nouns.
That is what I just read in a Grammar book ... that to say this is the wall one adds the third person pronoun ... as you suggest
It is not required
What is the character before ط ? And how do I produce it on a keyboard?
I think it depends on what kind of device and keyboard you use. On my PC with qwerty keyboard using arabic layout, the ئ is produced by the Z key (the key next to the left shift key).
ئ ئط طئط طئ
it is "ya hamza", i think you type it with shift+dhal.