RE: URDU fonts

From: Houman Pournasseh (
Date: Fri Dec 01 2000 - 13:50:12 EST

To add to what have been said by Michael, I should say, that some of the
big fonts (multi-script) shipped with Windows 2000 had a GSub table
problem with regards to few Urdu specific characters. Part of these
issues have been addressed for SP1 and the remaining will be resolved in
Whistler. Tahoma, Microsoft Sans Serif and Arial are the best fonts for
Microsoft Corporation

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael (michka) Kaplan []
Sent: Friday, December 01, 2000 10:04 AM
To: Unicode List
Subject: Re: URDU fonts

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

It is true that the Arabic versions of Windows 95/98/Me do not fully
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
the Arabic enabled version of NT4 both will have much more luck with
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
(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
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....
will give you tools so that you could convert the site yourself, though.


Michael Kaplan
Trigeminal Software, Inc.

----- Original Message -----
To: "Unicode List" <>
Sent: Friday, December 01, 2000 8:45 AM
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
If it is true, then is it possible to transfer the fonts of Universal
(Urdu typing software) to Arabic Windows and then type Urdu?
Can we paste the Urdu text into the HTML files? If someone could also
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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