[XeTeX] Kashida option for polyglossia or bidi?

Khaled Hosny khaledhosny at eglug.org
Mon Aug 31 16:56:46 CEST 2009

IMHO, this level if Kashida support is very poor typographically (and
calligrapphically). Kashida is very font dependant and there are rules
where (in the word and in the line) to apply Kashida and how long should
it be etc. and this differs from calligraphic style to another (what
apply to Nastaliq, for example, doesn't apply to Naskh). Failure to
follow those rules will result in very low quality output. Even
applications that claim to provide rule based Kashida support like Ms
Office or InDesign ME, fail to do it properly most of the time because
they make certain assumptions that is not granted to be true for any

On Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 10:39:05AM -0400, Fr. Michael Gilmary wrote:
> Maybe this is actually something for fontspec? It's language *and*  
> font-specific.
> Any ideas?
> -- 
> United in adoration of Jesus, 
> fr. michael gilmary, mma
> Most Holy Trinity Monastery
> 67 Dugway Road
> Petersham, MA 01366-9725

 Khaled Hosny
 Arabic localiser and member of Arabeyes.org team
 Free font developer
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