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Arabic script support

Arabic script support - home

Lorna Evans, 2017-11-15

The materials on this page are aimed at people working in lesser-known languages using Arabic script. It is geared for the power user. However, IT language support and publishing personnel working in areas of the world where Arabic script is used would benefit.

These materials are not focused on font developers or font development.

Contents on this page:

Overview of script issues

Arabic Script - Introduction
Lorna Evans, 2017-11-15
Download "AS_Intro.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 246KB [6 downloads]

Orthography development

Values for Arabic-Script Orthographies

Orthography issues and Unicode for Arabic script
Andy Warren-Rothlin, 2017-11-15
Download "AS_OrthographyValues.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 621KB [10 downloads]

Orthography issues and Unicode for Arabic script

Orthography issues and Unicode for Arabic script
Lorna Evans, 2017-11-14
Download "AS_OrthographyUnicode.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 1MB [2 downloads]
Character Set Inspector - Sample files
Lorna Evans, 2017-11-14
Download "CharacterSetInspector.zip", ZIP archive, 256KB [2 downloads]

Links referenced in this document:

Links to Unicode documents for Arabic script

Orthography: Unicode character properties

Unicode character properties for Arabic script
Bob Hallissy, 2017-11-15
Download "AS_OrthographyUnicodeProp.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 623KB [3 downloads]

Ways to view Unicode properties:

Language Data

Benefits of providing Language Data

The Importance of Locale Information
Martin Hosken, 2017-11-15
Download "AS_Locale.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 108KB [3 downloads]

Language Tagging in the Rough

Language Tagging in the Rough
Martin Hosken, 2017-11-15
Download "AS_LangTag.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 251KB [5 downloads]

Collation

Collation presentation
Sharon Correll, 2017-11-15
Download "AS_CollationPresentation.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 429KB [1 download]

The following document is an exercise that is referenced in the presentation.

Collation Exercise
Sharon Correll, 2017-11-15
Download "AS_CollationExercise.odt", OpenDocument Text, 19KB [1 download]

Contributing Data

Contributing Data
Sharon Correll, 2017-11-15
Download "AS_ContributingData.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 327KB [2 downloads]

The file below has sample data that is referenced in the presentation.

Language Data - template and sample data
Sharon Correll, 2017-11-15
Download "LanguageData.zip", ZIP archive, 111KB [2 downloads]

The link below is used for creating dictionary files for LibreOffice.

Fonts technology

Font IP and licensing issues

Font IP and licensing issues
Nico Spalinger, 2017-11-14
Download "AS_FontIP.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 371KB [2 downloads]

Links in above presentation:

Using Font Features

This session discusses using Font Features and how to use them in various applications:

Using Font Features
Lorna Evans, 2017-11-14
Download "UsingFontFeatures.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 1MB [2 downloads]

The following document is referenced in the above presentation. Open it and look at the font field to see how features are accessed in LibreOffice.

Scheherazade LibreOffice Features
Lorna Evans, 2017-11-14
Download "ScheherazadeLOFeatures.odt", OpenDocument Text, 56KB [1 download]

Using Web Fonts

This presentation discusses using web fonts and font features and how to use them on the web.

If you want to put text on the internet and you want people to see the page using a font you know supports that language, then you will need to use web fonts on your website.

Using Web Fonts
Lorna Evans, 2017-11-14
Download "UsingWebFonts.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 563KB [2 downloads]

The file below can be downloaded as a sample to see how .woff fonts can be used on a website:

Using Web Fonts - server based
Lorna Evans, 2017-11-14
Download "WebFontsLocal.zip", ZIP archive, 361KB [0 downloads]

The file below can be downloaded as a sample to see how Google fonts can be used on a website:

Using Web Fonts - Google fonts
Lorna Evans, 2017-11-14
Download "WebFontsGoogle.zip", ZIP archive, 1KB [0 downloads]

In order to understand how woff fonts and Google fonts are referenced the .html and .css files can be inspected.

Keyboarding

Keyboarding

Demo using Keyman

Using the script in various applications and platforms

 Right-to-left scripts in Microsoft Office

Check back later for more materials for this section.

Data conversion

Script Conversion presentation
Jeff Heath, 2017-11-15
Download "AS_DataConversion.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 5MB [15 downloads]

The following document (with a download) is referenced in the above presentation:

Helpful links:

Mobile devices/Web usage

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Publishing Principles

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