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Fraction OT Code
Commented on Monday, 13 February 2012 - 4:05am

I don't think you should put single quote at all. Single quote identifies the glyph in the contextual chain, that needs to be substituted in that context. The other glyphs without single quote in that context remain intact. If you don't put anything,...

Do you know any rules for arabic logo?
Commented on Tuesday, 9 August 2011 - 7:17pm

That's a very interesting question!
The logo of AlJazeera is a calligraphic interpretation of the word 'Aljazeera' in Arabic. The logo can be read by native eyes fairly easily. But this is only a sign of a 'good' and functional design. The same...

Intel-native FontLab Studio 5.1 for Mac to arrive in July 2011
Commented on Thursday, 9 June 2011 - 5:36pm

Mine is jumpy when scrolling the font window. This is a very good reason to upgrade to Lion (or not)!

Two new Arabic projects of note
Commented on Wednesday, 11 May 2011 - 8:45pm

Very interesting.
Yes 'stair-stepping' might be very convenient in design development.

Mac TrueType settings in FL
Commented on Tuesday, 22 March 2011 - 8:32pm


I know Final Cut had problem with non AAT TT fonts for Arabic script (TT Arabic fonts with OT flavour). I don't have Final Cut and I can't tell whether the problem persists or not.


Any Ukelele users out here?
Commented on Sunday, 6 March 2011 - 2:26pm

I just opened a keylayout file that I created some years ago with Ukelele. It prompted me to add some missing keys and I said yes and opened it. Looked fine. I saved the new file and re-opened it with Ukelele 2.1.4. Looked fine as far as I can tell....

Any Ukelele users out here?
Commented on Monday, 7 March 2011 - 5:12pm

I'm not sure but I think it's because you modified an existing system keyboard. Did you give it a new name and new identifier number? That's what I usually do. If I'm not mistaken, that was a MUST in Ukelele guide. I have used PUA in the past without...

Volt Compilation Failed
Commented on Monday, 22 November 2010 - 5:37pm

I have a question. Sorry it's off topic but I didn't want to create a new topic for this.
Can VOLT be installed on Windows 7 without any problem? The material I found in Microsoft site was somewhat outdated.

Volt Compilation Failed
Commented on Tuesday, 23 November 2010 - 7:16pm

Thanks David. And sorry again.

Persian and Urdu fonts for the web
Commented on Thursday, 26 November 2009 - 6:24pm

Tahoma, don't even get there my friend! Don't let me open my mouth!

If you gave up on Nasta'liq, I suggest XB Zar or XB Niloofar of the following collection:

Persian and Urdu fonts for the web
Commented on Sunday, 22 November 2009 - 10:20am

This is an unfinished project of Persian Nasta'liq. It is in 'working condition' but very buggy. It's even somehow sabotaged in its latest version(!) distributed by Iran Islamic regime government site. It's free. That's the only free Persian Nasta'liq...

Dr. Peter Karow Award for Thomas Milo
Commented on Sunday, 22 November 2009 - 12:07pm

Tom Milo developed an Arabic Naskh before this Persian Nasta'liq. Both of them belong to Arabic script. I don't see your point sofyaani. Do you have any or just spamming around?

Dr. Peter Karow Award for Thomas Milo
Commented on Tuesday, 27 October 2009 - 9:59pm


Certainly Tom Milo's work on ACE is the first ground breaking technology in service of Arabic script. The appreciation will only grow in time.

Dr. Peter Karow Award for Thomas Milo
Commented on Thursday, 29 October 2009 - 5:08pm

The concept of ACE is beyond that. This is the first time that technology -any technology- has looked at Arabic script in its natural behavior.
Arabic script is not more 'complex' than Roman script. It just behaves differently....

arabic keyboard layout
Commented on Friday, 4 September 2009 - 1:53pm

I guess it all depends on what user you have in mind, in the short term, mid term and long term.
If you have a long term user in mind, go for the most logical, fast and complete layout for the language. It will not become popular anytime soon...

Fontlab - Setting a custom character map
Commented on Tuesday, 12 May 2009 - 5:41pm

I have made some 'fake' codepages for FontLab just to put similar characters side by side and work on them. For that, I simply copied a codepage from codpages folder of FontLab and changed its name and changed the codes to those I wanted to put...

Fontlab - Setting a custom character map
Commented on Tuesday, 12 May 2009 - 9:39pm

Well, I use them for drag and drop and other stuff too (comparing fonts, checking for missing glyph etc.). But you are quite right. My technics leave something to be desired! You haven't heard anything about my technics yet! One day I will write a...

Streamlining Arabic script text and font technology
Commented on Monday, 11 May 2009 - 4:43pm

I understand your reservation. My concern is to 'streamline' the process. In a way that the technology can easily be adopted in various mediums, from text messaging devices to sophisticated DTPs, without being an obstacle to specialty...

Streamlining Arabic script text and font technology
Commented on Monday, 11 May 2009 - 6:06pm

Ha! I mean let's put ACE everywhere, from text messaging devices to browsers to operating systems... everywhere.
btw, how ACE does the justification?

Streamlining Arabic script text and font technology
Commented on Wednesday, 27 May 2009 - 6:03pm

So I go back to my question because I didn't get the answer I wanted or it wasn't clear enough for me.
Justification of a streamlined Arabic technology is a part of basic contextualization of Arabic words. It can not be delegated to a host...

classification of Arabic letters
Commented on Saturday, 16 May 2009 - 6:40am

I sent the link of this thread to a calligrapher friend of mine. He said it's like our archaeologic treasures. We have to rely on westerners to discover and introduce us better to our history.
Indeed, if we are smart enough not to dismiss an...

classification of Arabic letters
Commented on Saturday, 23 May 2009 - 2:42pm

And what category would be Arabic Tahoma? The most viewed Arabic typeface on the planet?
Many languages of Arabic script don't even have the meager luxury of choosing between few fonts. They have to use Tahoma that covers them all. And also...

Trouble with 'Merge Contours' in Fontlab
Commented on Tuesday, 7 April 2009 - 6:16pm

Make sure each segment of the glyph has counter clockwise contour for OTF. If not, cut the good segments, reverse the contour of the bad ones, then paste the good ones again. That works for me.

Opentype: Substitution one-after-another - sub x by y; sub y by z;?
Commented on Sunday, 29 March 2009 - 7:03pm

Substitutions occur in sequence, in the order you wrote your lookups from the top to the bottom. So when you have your first lookup for changing x to x.alt1 , you have to pay attention for your second lookup whether the first condition has met, could...

First Arabic Font
Commented on Wednesday, 25 March 2009 - 9:57pm

I'm not sure what kind of comment you are looking for. Your friends were right. It's readable. This is impressive for a 2 days effort. But for another 2 years of effort, you will still be in the realm of 'readability' of your Arabic text... only...