[XeTeX] Arabic ligatures

Musa Furber musaf at runbox.com
Wed Jul 7 00:55:17 CEST 2004

On 7 Jul 2004, at 01:31, Jonathan Kew wrote:

> 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!)

The vowel placement is the same whether DecoType Naskh is used with 
TextEdit or with XeTeX.

> 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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