From: John Hudson (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Jun 19 2005 - 16:07:27 CDT
Mete Kural wrote:
> I do not think it is consistent of you to marginalize Arabic pedagogical books since it is less than 1% of Arabic typesetting. Nor I believe it is consistent with the above mentioned intention of the Unicode standard to support "the needs of all types of users, whether in business or academia, using mainstream or minority scripts."
I don't think Michael is marginalising Arabic pedagogical books at all, and certainly not
in terms of Unicode encoding. The discussion is about colouration of text for such books,
and as has been clearly stated such colouration has nothing to do with text encoding per
se. So what you quote from the Unicode FAQ is irrelevant to the discussion.
Michael's observation about books requiring *this kind of colour intervention* being less
than 1% of Arabic typesetting -- quite a lot less than 1%, I would think -- makes the very
simple point that such a small level of demand isn't likely to get much attention from the
makers of fonts and software, especially if supporting it would mean a complete overhaul
of their existing products. Unicode itself is committed to 'the needs of all types of
users, whether in business or academia, using mainstream or minority scripts', but font
and software developers prioritise things based on demand. I've spent many weeks building
contextual mark positioning lookups for Arabic fonts, even though I know that the
percentage of vocalised text is relatively small: I do as much as I can to refine the mark
positioning in the time available and as the budget permits. I know how much investment
Arabic font development takes -- and how much piracy there is in the market --, and I
can't see anyone prioritising colouration of bits of ligatures unless it was as part of a
specific commission, e.g. a font made precisely for the kind of books to which you refer.
It is unrealistic to think that so small a demand will pay for the development of more
than one or two fonts made for such purposes.
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