Creating Arabic fonts using ADFKO

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Rafiq Elmansy's picture
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Creating Arabic fonts using ADFKO
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Hi,
I would like to learn how to create Arabic fonts using ADFKO. can any one help me with resources when I can start from.

Appreciate your help in this

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1) Learn how OpenType "works"
2) Learn feature file syntax
3) ...
4) Profit :)

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Thanks Khaled,

I want to learn about creating Arabic fonts because I love it and I also do Arabic calligraphy artwork. I do not know much about its profit. Does it do well? where one can sell Arabic fonts?

Also, I wonder if there is a resource or documentation that tells the steps to create Arabic font using ADFKO?

Thanks

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The profit part was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underpants_gnome#Plot|joke]] :) any way I don't sell fonts, so I've no idea.

There are generic [[http://www.adobe.com/devnet/opentype/afdko/topic_feature_file_syntax.html|feature file syntax]] documentation, but nothing Arabic specific. For understanding how Arabic is handled in OpenType, check the [[http://www.microsoft.com/typography/OpenType%20Dev/arabic/intro.mspx|Microsoft documentation]] (especially the shaping engine page), then you have to implement those features in feature files. Checking the layout code in existing fonts can be very helpful as well.

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Thanks for the information, I will check this out ;)

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الأستاذ رفيق

أعتقد أنك وصلت للإجابة من الأخ خالد، لكن لو تبحث عموما عن برمجة الخطوط العربية فيمكنك متابعة الروابط التالية، وفيها طرق لا تعتمد على أدوات أدوبي، وفي الحقيقة فهذه الطرق أسهل بكثير.

مجموعة التيبوغرافيين العرب
- برمجة الخطوط باستخدام برنامج فونت فورج:
http://www.aratypo.net/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=31

- برمجة الخطوط باستخدام برنامج فونت لاب:
http://www.aratypo.net/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=32

- برمجة الخطوط العربية باستخدام برنامج مايكروسوفت فولت:
http://www.aratypo.net/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=33

أعتقد أن هذه الروابط ستفيدك كثيرا في تعلم برمجة الخطوط، ومشروحة باللغة العربية.

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