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Balancing Arabic and Latin typography

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Internet necessitates and Unicode facilitates multilingual typography on a scale never seen before. As a result, multilingual typesetting, something that used to be an obscure academic specialism, suddenly sprung to the limelight. Since printing with movable type originated in Europe in a Latin-scripted environment, other scripts still tend to be treated as a complement to Latin script and their measurements normalized accordingly. The challenge that designers are facing is to create computer typography that does justice to all scripts and cultures, according to their own standards. This makes it all the more relevant to come to terms with Arabic.
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Keywords: Arabic; Latin; Persian; Tadjik; fonts; illustration; polyglotta; scripts; text; typography

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Independent scholar

Publication date: 01 March 2011

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