Re: How to write Armenian ligatures?

From: Behnam (
Date: Sat Nov 24 2007 - 12:09:15 CST

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    I'm more with the view of John Hudson on this. Arabic script (among
    others) is not written on a line, but in a space. It's only the
    publishing industry limitations that forced it to be drawn on a line.
    It is not an assembly of letters but an assembly of words. And in
    contextualization, each letter should be substituted by a
    presentation form in plain text anyway.
    I'm certainly for some sort of convention in using for example ZWNJ
    in forcing ligatures in or out. But the 'correct' presentation of a
    text is in the eyes of beholder. The historic registration can be
    done by pictures. I don't think PDF is intended for this.
    Also the user option must be a hands-on feature, not hidden in the
    conceptualization of a font technology. At the risk of loosing my
    head here, I think Unicode should get more involved in the problem of
    dispersed font technologies.


    On 24-Nov-07, at 11:10 AM, James Kass wrote:

    > People generate PDFs from plain text and also from HTML. If I were
    > using HTML for the purpose of reproducing a page from a two hundred
    > year old book, I would want to preserve the ligature information. As
    > something of a purist, I would want my reproduction to have ligatures
    > where the original had ligatures, and not have ligatures where the
    > original hadn't any. If left to the whims of some kind of automatic
    > ligature formation, I would have to go through the text inserting
    > ZWNJs
    > anywhere I thought that an unwanted ligature might form.

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