OpenType Features for Arabic font in Fontlab. Help.

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Aleksandra's picture
Joined: 10 Sep 2014 - 12:50pm
OpenType Features for Arabic font in Fontlab. Help.

Hi everyone.

I am new in the typography world, so I'm still learning new stuff.

I started creating Arabic font and I need all knowledge you are willing to share :)

I created design for each letter in every form and imported them in Fontlab Studio 5.1.
I still need to define final, initial and medial form through OpenType features (and ofcourse mark positioning).
I don't know what to type, what code, so if you know some good 'instructions' for this please let me know :)


Vladimir Tamari's picture
Joined: 4 Nov 2007 - 11:15pm

Defining the features and lookups is a very technical and time-consuming job.
As far as I know the only free example for VOLT was made by SIL for Sheherazade font - but it did not work for me, and I had to ask an Arab professional.
There is an excellent booklet pdf that may be helpful to you:
I think you have to join to access this.
Good luck