From: CE Whitehead (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Mar 06 2010 - 15:32:27 CST
Thanks very much to both Maher and Khaled for your great information!
C. E. Whitehead
> Date: Sat, 6 Mar 2010 07:08:20 +0200
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> Subject: Re: Arabic aleph representation of glyphs
> On Fri, Mar 05, 2010 at 03:45:54PM -0800, Maher Alnubani wrote:
> > On 3/5/2010 2:11 PM, CE Whitehead wrote:
> > Hi, thanks very much. You did answer my questions. I still have one
> > more question: would any literate Arabic speaker always type the tanween
> > al-fatah logically after the aleph seat?
> > Yes.
> > (Because of course the tanween al-fatah, unlike Arabic vowel diacritics
> > elsewhere, should precede the aleph consonant seat in a visual display and
> > not follow it--that is, in an rtl context, it should be displayed slightly
> > to the right of the aleph--that is how I was taught and indeed how it
> > appears in the combined character in the Unicode extended characters, and
> > indeed that is how it appears when I type it in following the aleph [and of
> > course, it appears this way when I type it in before too].)
> > Well, TANWEEN AL-FATH normally appears on top of the ALEF (or the TAH MARBUTAH)
> > not before or after it. But, in standard Arabic writing TANWEEN is the last
> > thing to write in a word.
> Not true, this is actually is debatable. Though the wide practice today
> is to type the tanween after the alef (thus on top of it), still many
> people type it before the alef since the preceding letter is the actual
> seat of tanween (i.e. treating all tanween the same wither it is fath or
> not). Traditionally, in hand written calligraphy, tanween al-fath comes
> to the write of the alef, thus essentially preceding not following it.
> Khaled Hosny
> Arabic localiser and member of Arabeyes.org team
> Free font developer
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