Re: kurdish sorani

From: Behnam Esfahbod (
Date: Mon Aug 28 2006 - 11:00:41 CDT

  • Next message: Andries Brouwer: "Re: kurdish sorani"

    Hi Andries,

    Some features you need are font-level features. Take a look at how
    SIL International did them in Scheherazade and Lateef fonts:

    On the other hand, I got an email from Erdal Ronahi, who wants to
    write an XKB symbol file, which puts ARABIC HEH+ZWNJ with one key
    press, which is not the right way, as you may already put an SPACE
    after HEH, so the ZWNJ will be useless and makes the text hard to
    process, search, etc.

    Would you write more description about the usage of these characters
    please? May you have SPACE after Kurdish E? Do you have the SPACE
    all the time? etc...

    > Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2006 13:55:19 +0200
    > From: Andries Brouwer <>
    > Subject: kurdish sorani
    > Two weeks ago or so I mentioned on some other list that
    > what are for Arabic just initial / medial / final / isolated
    > presentation forms of the same character, are different characters
    > in certain other languages such as Kurdish.
    > Indeed, ARABIC LETTER HEH (U+0647) is a letter with 4 glyph forms.
    > In Kurdish (written in the Sorani, essential arabic, alphabet)
    > one has two letters (let me call them Kurdish H and Kurdish E)
    > and these 4 glyph forms become the two forms of Kurdish H
    > and the two forms of Kurdish E.
    > Initial and medial Heh are forms of Kurdish H, final and
    > independent Heh are forms of Kurdish E.
    > Kurdish E never joins to the following letter, so needs only two forms.
    > Initial, final and independent Kurdish H are all written with initial Heh.
    > I wonder what the correct way is to write Kurdish in Unicode
    > (without using language tagging).
    > Are new Unicode code points needed? Do these exist already?
    > Using the Arabic Presentation Forms just for Heh does not work well,
    > since shaping of neighbouring characters will be wrong.
    > Writing all in presentation forms cannot be the correct solution.
    > Andries
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