I want to make a script to convert writing from Arabic letters to Raqeem letters with the features below.
1- This script works only on the Adobe illustrator application.
2- The download script can only work on one copy of Adobe illustrator on one computer.
3- This script does not work on portable versions of illustrator applications.
4- This script works with all illustrator versions.
Arabic classical letters writing in 2 cases for every single letter, upper and small cases but In small cases, there are additional 3 cases for every single letter so the total, in general, is 4 cases.
In Raqeem writing, there are only two cases upper and small only and there are no cases in small it is just one case so the total, in general, will stay two cases.
To achieve the final results in the script should do two things:
1- convert the Arabic classical one upper letter to Raqeem upper letter.
2- convert the Arabic classical one upper letter to Raqeem small letter case.
How it works
FONT TO SHAPE
1- User inter letter or words in Arabic upper case.
2- Option button to switching from Arabic upper case to Raqeem upper case shape as an outline.
3- Option button to switching from Arabic upper case to Raqeem lower case.
4- The switching option could work with multi letters or single letter stand letter or in word or verses.
5- The Raqeem shape glyph's in the action of press the switching button will be posted in the open document as shape (outline font glyph).
1- Raqeem is a new typeface system create by designer Mr. Khaled Al-Mana and this project and script intellectual property and rights are own by Mr. Khaled Al Mana only.
2- The Property rights that refer to the owner Khaled Al-Mana must be included in the main project file to clarify and confirm the rights and not include any other name. If any other name is included, he has no right to any artistic, literary, commercial or legal ownership or copyright or Intellectual property.
3- License and Readme text files for the project folder will be created by Mr.Khlaled Al Mana only.
4- The developer will receive the amount agreed upon through negotiations in exchange for coding services that he provides only.
5- Mr. Khaled Al Mana will pay for a developer for his services the amount the developer accepted during to negotiation.
Table of Glyph's, Numbers, and Marks.
41 Arabic letters upper cases
41 Raqeem letters upper cases
41 Raqeem letters lower cases
1- Mr.Kaled Al Mana will give the developer all Glyph's, Numbers, and Marks designs in an illustrator file.
2- All the Arabic letters and the match one in Raqeem with two positions in upper and lower cases.
3- With names for each one.
Text on script interface just to clear the idea and it will be changed to Arabic or Raqeem glyphs at the final interface.
Full of Raqeem alphabet 28 glyphs
Do you have a link?
But the very first concern you raised seems to involve some fundamental misunderstanding of how writing systems work:
I assume by 'Arab linguists' you actually mean 'native Arabic speakers'. But the main reason why Arabic is normally written without most diacritics is simply because most native speakers don't find them necessary. So the absence of these is hardly a bug.
Writing systems evolve to meet the needs of native readers, not of non-native learners. There is a common misconception that the ideal writing system should aim to accurately represent the pronunciation of the language, but such systems are few and far between. The reason for this is simply that representing the morphology of the language is at least as important as representing the phonology and over time writing systems tend to favour morphological consistency over phonological accuracy.
For a language like Arabic, that means that a good writing system will tend to draw attention to the consonantal roots, and this is why abjads which focus on consonants rather than vowels are prevalent among the Semitic and related languages but are rare elsewhere. These systems are simply well suited for Semitic.
When early Semitic scripts were adapted to Indo-European languages such as Greek and Latin they developed into something else (alphabetic scripts), but that's because abjads, which are ideally suited for Semitic, are completely unsuited for Indo-European which has a very different morphological structure. So I'm not really clear on why you would want to devise some new script for Arabic which draws upon features from Latin, a script which evolved for languages which are structurally very different from Arabic.
I totally agree with you %100. the font is not bound by diacritics or the correct pronunciation (but not formal documents and regulations) this is what I mean when I talking about Arab linguists (Arabic grammar scholars) they do not read, but memorize the pronunciation, so their strictness towards any development that does not have justification.
Keeping this stuff locked down the way you want would require an app-specific plug-in. But I don’t think that will sell.
Text is encoded in Unicode. The Unicode Consortium is not going to allocate permanent codepoints to a proprietary system. You really need that, in the long run.
I contrast this with something like Adlam, which has gotten traction and support… but only because it was not proprietary at all.
If you want to make money off of your work, the way to do that, which would also work better for getting traction, would be to get your work funded by a corporation or non-profit organization. But the writing system itself would have to be open. People could make either open source or proprietary fonts for it, but you would need at least some open source fonts, and a lot of open infrastructure, to get the whole thing off the ground.
But there is a big, obvious reason why you won't see radical orthographic changes to the Arabic script - 114 reasons, in fact...
It is great to have a sponsor or investor, that will shorten the time and effort, and it is a strengthening factor for the project .I agree with you it will be open sources and many ideas moving around but no enough time, I believe that it is the developers who will to take this project to limits.
I think the weakness of shape's uniqueness of the classic Arabic typeface leaves us in silence.