Suggestion: straight "handwritten" Arabic vowels for italic/cursive

Bug #737218 reported by Paul Sladen on 2011-03-17
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Bug Description

I had the following suggestion conveyed to me verbally, based on the observation that handwritten Arabic tends towards straight vowel diacritics because it's faster than writing individual dots; in this case (straight for one dot, diagonal for two dots and a circumflex-like entity for three dots (or an approximation using Latin combining diacriticals would be: x̂x́x̄).

I've tried to knock-up a rough approximation of what that might look like (it is nothing more than a very quick mockup to convey the concept!). As a non-Arabic reader I know I won't have been able to get it right but hopefully by recording it here those people more used to Arabic script will be able to weigh-in on the sanity of it, or otherwise.

As I understand it, the current intention is to duplicate the Regular and Bold .ttfs files across the Italic and Bold-Italic styles too, effectively overriding synthetic oblique generation. From a technical point-of-view, AFAICT it wouldn't require engineering or hinting beyond replacement of just those diacriticals in question and hinting of those.

Paul Sladen (sladen) wrote :
description: updated
Muhammad Negm (ravingeek) wrote :

what about tashkeel?
َ ً ُ ٌ ِ ٍ ْ

؟؟

Sultan Al-Isaiee (foxoman) wrote :

Interesting idea but I don't think my people going to like it, they already dislike how the dots looks :)

I like the idea really , bellow is a show case for "handwriting" Arabic fonts to support you're idea :)

Paul Sladen (sladen) wrote :

BTW, an update on a related subject, at:

  http://design.canonical.com/2011/06/ubuntu-arabic-questions-questions/#comment-16534

Bruno reported:

  "The points are now horizontal after we did some testing at small sizes and some more fine tuning has been done, in collaboration with a number of native Arabic designers."

Masoud Abkenar (mabkenar) wrote :

We don't do such dot conversions in Persian. Therefore, from a Persian point of view, the idea doesn't make sense.

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