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Bahman Eslami

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  • Re: Hebrew Nikkud, [mark] feature, FL VI and MS Word vs. Adobe CC

    Define the mark class outside the feature block and see if it makes any difference. Also don't wrap the position rule inside a lookup. I don't think you need to declare language and script inside the mark feature for this purpose. Also check if you've defined the Hebrew script before all the features.
  • Re: How to deal with conextual alternatives and separator & punctuations?

    This is the code in AFDKO syntax as you would use it in Fontlab or Glyphs or Robofont.

    languagesystem DFLT dflt;
    languagesystem latn dflt;

    @UC = [A-Z];
    @lc = [a-z];
    @SP = [
    space comma period exclam question];

    lookup ChainingContext1 {
        sub @lc @SP @SP @SP @lc' @lc by @UC;
        sub @lc @SP @SP @lc' @lc by @UC;
        sub @lc @SP @lc' @lc by @UC;
        sub @lc @lc' @lc by @UC;
        sub @lc @lc' by @UC;    
    } ChainingContext1;

    feature liga {
      lookup ChainingContext1;
    } liga;




  • Re: Where is Arabic Italic originating from?

    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 readers. The video is here (sorry there is no english subtitles). He's saying slanting in either directions does not have emphasizing effect. Using keshide is a better option. But there are many manuscripts showing usage of different calligraphy styles in one text column. Unfortunately I can't find examples at the moment. My point is construction of Naskh, Thuluth, Ruqah, Nastaliq, ... are different. You can use this as a starting point. It's not easy to come up with one unified family containing some of these styles. But I can't buy into the idea of slanting Arabic and also naming it italic or iranic or whatever. It's fundamentally wrong.

    Edit:
    .The video contains slides with english text. It could help non-natives to get some of the points he's trying to make.
    .The link to the researcher's website if you want to ask more information on his research. He can speak english btw. 
  • Re: Where is Arabic Italic originating from?

    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.
  • Re: Optical correction in Arabic monoline

    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 way of describing it you're reordering patterns but in Arabic it would also change the nature of pattern.