Arabic Mathematical Symbols in Unicode
Azzeddine Lazrek - University Cadi Ayyad

Intended Audience: Software Engineers, Font Designers, Content Developers, Web Designers

Session Level: Intermediate, Advanced

The Unicode Standard provides a quite complete set of standard mathematic characters to support publication of mathematics in a Latin script based writing. It don't take account of local ways of writing mathematics such as the Arabic alphabet based scripts. There are many symbols found in Arabic mathematical handbooks that are not yet part of the Unicode Standard. Some of such special characters used in mathematics written in an Arabic presentation are submitted for inclusion into the Unicode Standard.

The paper presents also a discussion of the usual mathematics character repertoire of the Unicode Standard as used for Arabic mathematics. Some symbols are to be removed as individual entities, and replaced by composites or alternate forms. This proposal contains some non-mathematical characters such as units and dates as well.