Re: URDU fonts

From: Michael \(michka\) Kaplan (
Date: Fri Dec 01 2000 - 13:23:14 EST

Well, one difficulty would be in trying to understand what you mean by "TTF
URDU" fonts. Are these Unicode fonts?

It is true that the Arabic versions of Windows 95/98/Me do not fully support
Urdu as they are supporting the Arabic *language* not the Arabic *script* (a
name overload that I wish both Unicode and Microsoft would try to avoid
whenever possible since it can cause confusion!). However, Windows 2000 and
the Arabic enabled version of NT4 both will have much more luck with Unicode
fonts that support the necessary characters for Urdu.

Windows 2000 has an Urdu keyboard, and I believe you will find that the
capabilities in Windows 2000 will suit all of your immediate needs here.

For editing, both Word 2000 and FrontPage 2000 can do well with Urdu text
(if you use the former then you have to be willing to live with all the
extra tags Word loves to add, if you use the latter then I would recommend
HTML view over Normal view after long experience with complex scripts in

Now, none of this will help you convert an English website to Urdu.... they
will give you tools so that you could convert the site yourself, though.


Michael Kaplan
Trigeminal Software, Inc.

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Subject: URDU fonts

Is it possible to type Urdu in Arabic Windows for a website?? I have come to
know that Arabic Windows does not support any TTF Urdu fonts. Is this true?
If it is true, then is it possible to transfer the fonts of Universal Word
(Urdu typing software) to Arabic Windows and then type Urdu?
Can we paste the Urdu text into the HTML files? If someone could also tell
whether these fonts would support the Unicode system.
I am actually confused.
If all the above is not understandable, can someone simply tell which
software to use for converting an English Website into URDU?? And what
procedure to follow.
Best regards
Paresh Agarwal

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