[XeTeX] Arabic ligatures

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Wed Jul 7 00:31:16 CEST 2004

On 6 Jul 2004, at 11:12 pm, Musa Furber wrote:

> Today the fonts look different. Must have been fatigue induced 
> operator incompetence. They do look different, and the strange 
> ligature appear in Al Bayan, not the others.
> I tried DecoType Naskh on a 20 page Arabic text that is fully 
> vowelled. One thing that struck me is that the vowel placement was 
> distracting.

That would be something to bring up with DecoType, presumably. (Does 
XeTeX place the vowels in the same way as if you look at the text in 
TextEdit? I hope so...if not, I want to know about it!)

Would you be willing to let me have a copy (off-list) of your text, for 
testing purposes? I'd be interested to see how it looks with various 
fonts; most Arabic text I run across isn't fully voweled and so doesn't 
test all the same things.


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