This is not unique of the Arabic calligraphy.
Also in the Latin script, most people write the dots (over i's and j's), the
horizontal bars (through f's and t's), and the accents after the rest is
written. This is particularly common in ligated calligraphy (that is still
very common in many countries).
Looking at people writing on blackboards (meetings are boring, sometimes:-),
I noticed that a lot of people add these details going from right to left,
or even in a mixed order.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Roozbeh Pournader [SMTP:email@example.com]
> Sent: 1999 October 29, Friday 01.03
> To: Unicode List
> Cc: Unicode List
> Subject: Re: handwritten Arabic [was: arabic number in bidi
> On Thu, 28 Oct 1999, Juliusz Chroboczek wrote:
> > And what about the dots in words with more than one? In which order
> > do they write them? Do they go back to the beginning of the word (R)
> > and write them R2L, or do they put them on backwards? Same question
> > about short vowels (assuming they are ever used in hand writing).
> In both these, there are different approaches. We sometimes go from start
> to end, sometimes from end to start. Sometimes even we write them in mixed
> order (about both short vowels and dots).
> I should tell something about short vowels. These days (I am talking about
> the last decade) there is a short vowel that some writers never omit. If
> the final sound of a Persian word is a "Kasrah", some Persian writers
> including myself never omit it. It's a new tradition!!!
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