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Bahman Eslami

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  • Bandar your approach seems interesting. It entails adding extra ghost glyphs that also is extra data. I’m trying to avoid adding anything that would make the glyph set larger. This is not only a matter of data reduction, it’s also about approaching …
  • I presume when using UseMarkFilteringSet, only the glyphs inside the class should be matched and the rest are ignored. If what you're implying is to create a class and use UseMarkFilteringSet to only include the class glyphs in the substitution, the…
  • Khaled Hosny said: There are practical problems with slanting Arabic though, a word with no vertical lines like “حب” will not stand much (if at all) when slanted: “حب”, so structural differences are important in Arabic, though they might not ev…
  • Personally I'm not fan of only slanted italics. Bringing idea of italic in Arabic is forced by softwares and is not serving a function in Arabic. A person did a research on how you could emphasize words or have same effect of italic on Persian reade…
  • Italic is not only slanted, it's another construction model. Arabic has many different construction models. They don't have to be called italic. They could be called whatever they're already called.
  • This is a metal type that was also used for a long time in Iran and is most likely based on Thuluth. But it looks different as a typeface because letter combinations has been reduced dramatically to make it easier to typeset. I would suggest if you …
  • Nathan Zimet said:  I am wondering are there any specific details in the letters that give it the hint of Nastaliq? And would you say the calligraphy is beautiful and/or legible? They are stylistic features and I can't say if it affects le…
  • What I see in the picture doesn't seem like a typeface, it's most certainly handwritten calligraphy and Eurabic term doesn't apply here. I would say the writing is in Naskh style with a hint of Nastaliq flavor which is more prevalent in Afghanestan.…
  • Thank you Khaled this is exactly what I was looking for.
  • "Fathatan tanween” is being used in Persian occasionally and in the default position as you've shown in black color. I would find the red position very confusing. I'm not sure about the green position either until I see it in text, but if that works…
  • On another point I forgot to mention Arabic is abjad and thus efficient in taking space because it was created this way probably to save space on writing materials and has been evolved without loosing this features. One might argue that the words ar…
  • Nina it's not possible to do it in a same way. Because what you're doing in Latin is reordering the letters and they are not contextual. If I reorder the letters in Arabic their shape change and the whole pattern becomes different. In more abstract …
  • If Arabic takes longer to read than Hebrew, or presumably English, when people reading English tend to read English words as a single unit, taking advantage of the general shape of a word as indicated by letters with ascenders and descenders in lowe…
  • Hrant: I believe a reader of English also fuses letters into clusters (boumas) as much as possible, but simply using the white much more. And although English is far less complex than Arabic in terms of formal construction, the binocular versus mono…
  • Nina, Arabic script is not intolerant of reversed contrast and I have to say I'm not against reversed contrast either as long as it works in its context or purpose even in Arabic. In fact as Mamoun mentioned we have a bit of history of reversed cont…
  • Hrant H. Papazian said: So freely conclude for example that Arabic should have horizontals thicker than verticals even in a "monoline", but don't keep using the now-circumstantial origin to justify it. By extension of your argument the ve…
  • @Hrant H. Papazian I'm just trying to find an explanation for what calligraphers were doing and why I find it pleasing to my eyes. It's merely a justification not a dogma. If you you have your explanation I would like to hear it too.
  • @John Hudson Although it has something to do with perceptual bias it's also serving a function. In Nastaliq (نستعلیق) for example the farther the construction is from the baseline (major korsi or کرسی) the thinner the stroke becomes. This also coul…
  • If you want to bring contrast to your typeface where do you get the contrast in Latin? It's from the tool that writes the script. It could be a broad nib pen or expansion pen. The angle of the pen causes the vertical strokes become thicker in Latin.…
  • This matter becomes more complex when the direction of the script changes. So it becomes very hard to process the shaping on both scripts in a same segment. Take the following sequence of Unicode string: Latin فارسی This sequence is stored in …
  • As a kid I was always amazed by Persian calligraphy. I started designing type around age 24 when I was studying Graphic Design. The funny thing is I wanted to design equivalent of Arial in Arabic ! which was extremely criticized by the teachers. Of …
  • This statement is rather odd "Any Persian (Arabic) parson can read them" because what you've presented here does not fall into category of Arabic script. This is a different script from Arabic. For one thing Arabic script is cursive and most of lett…
  • AFAIK Glyph names are arbitrary. uniXXXXXXXX name is just as arbitrary as A_B it and doesn't affect the output unicode stream. If you substitute A and B with A_B in your OT features that affects the output unicode stream because the components conta…
  • I use MagicPref to customize mouse scrolling and how mouse behaves in different apps. I'm not sure if it will solve your problem but it helped me a lot.
  • In Prototypo we started using an outline approach but soon had to admit that it didn't scale. This is why we later switched to a hybrid approach where we combine skeletons for stems and outlines for expressive serifs. I apologize if I sound blunt b…
  • I'm not against parametric typefaces but the way the idea has been implemented in the tools I've seen so far is restrictive. These tools seem too suggestive to me and creates a bias for the designer. The idea of parametric design is mostly based on …
  • Using fina, init and related features is the most convenient way to achieve this but the problem is that not all the text engines apply these features on all writing systems. As listed here safari ignores these features on Latin script but works jus…
  • I'm using the VirtualBox and got the Windows 7 from here. Seems to be working fine so far; I was skeptical because I wasn't sure if the rendering would be the same as a native windows install. btw it didn't work on Win XP virtual machine!
  • Just out of curiosity has anyone ever tried to hint using VTT on a Virtual Machine and more importantly is it good idea?
  • The best way to diagnose a dysfunctional behavior when you're dealing with string of glyphs in coding is just to explicitly write the expected behavior. Could you confirm is this what you wan to achieve: c a r s -> c a r s.final.1 l a m p s -&g…