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Titus Nemeth's picture
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Arabic script encoding problems
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this is the first time i am working on a layout with non-latin scripts.
i have ms word files, set in tahoma in arabic and want to do the layout in indesign 2.0. the word documents where written on a pc, i work on a mac. the font i want to use is nazanin truetype for mac.

when placing the documents into my indesign document all glyphs are highlighted as missing.
solutions?

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Titus,

do you use InDesign Middle East edition (from Winsoft), or just the regular U.S. version of InDesign?

Adam

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that was fast … regular version.

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but perhaps i could get access to a middle east pc version.

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You can’t typeset Arabic on the regular version of InDesign. It doesn’t support right-to-left rendering, the contextual selection of initial and final forms, vowels positioning etc. But all that is supported in InDesign ME. Best would be to us a Unicode-encoded Arabic font with OpenType layout features. I don’t think Nazanin exists in such a version, so InDesign ME may or may not support it. But InDesign ME ships with Winsoft Naskh Pro, a quite reasonable OpenType Arabic text face. I sugges that you give Nazanin a try in InDesign ME, if it doesn’t work then either use Winsoft Naskh Pro or contact Linotype for information regarding availability of Nazanin in OpenType.

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Adam

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crap, i should have asked earlier! i already bought the truetype version of nazanin for mac!
so, thanks a lot adam, i’ll come back to this section earlier the next time.

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Titus,

Perhaps the font will work in InDesign ME after all. Otherwise, you may contact Linotype so they exchange the font to a different format, or refund you (if they have such policy, I don’t know).

Regards,
Adam

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ok, thanks again, i’ll figure something out!