Thursday, May 24, 2012

Supporting a #font for #Arabic III

 a new contextual shape for
a faa-yaa combination
The "Amiri" font is available as a web font for the Arabic language in the projects that have the WebFonts extension enabled. One example of the Amiri font in action is on the English Wikisource.

The recent release of the "Amiri" font improves the readability of Arabic texts and it includes Latin characters as well. The readability improvements are very welcome. These Latin characters however are excess baggage when you use Amiri as a web font.

For many people the availability of a web font for the Arabic script is news. The new release will have to be assessed for its technical aspects. Butchering the font and remove the Latin script seems obvious. It just needs doing,
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