[XeTeX] A typography question

Niels Giesen niels.giesen at gmail.com
Mon Aug 3 07:59:30 CEST 2009

As a pointer, see Typographic Matchmaking (http://www.khtt.net/page/106/en).

On Mon, Aug 3, 2009 at 5:27 AM, Mike Maxwell<maxwell at umiacs.umd.edu> wrote:
> I know zip about fonts.  We're creating some books that have lots of IPA
> characters (and some other Roman characters with diacritics), as well as
> Arabic (Nasta'liq and now Naskh).  So it would be nice to choose fonts that
> go together harmoniously.
> The need for IPA coverage rules out a lot of fonts.
> We've been using the Charis SIL font for our Roman serif font, DejaVu Sans
> for our Roman sans serif font, and Nafees Nastaleeq for Nasta'liq.
> Sans serif is used exclusively in section and chapter titles.  Charis
> doesn't exist in a sans serif font; is the Deja Vu sans font a reasonable
> match?  If not, would it be better to use the Deja Vu serif font in place of
> Charis, or conversely is there a sans serif font that is a better match for
> Charis?
> There's not much choice among Nasta'liq fonts, but for standard Naskh there
> are of course lots of choices.  We do need to typeset Pashto, for which some
> of the Unicode code points are not standard Arabic characters; so I suppose
> there might be some Arabic fonts that wouldn't have those characters.  But
> apart from that issue, does one try to match an Arabic (Naskh) font to a
> Roman font?  Or do we just look for an Arabic font that is "pretty"?
> --
>   Mike Maxwell
>   What good is a universe without somebody around to look at it?
>   --Robert Dicke, Princeton physicist


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