From: Muhammad Asif (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Mar 01 2003 - 01:45:00 EST
It seems to be encoding problem, as mentioned by tang. If you choose
Microsoft Sans Serif (or tahoma) fonts and encoding suggested by tang it
will work fine.
At 10:05 AM 2/28/2003 -0800, Mete Kural wrote:
>I wanted to ask a question to those of you who have
>Unicode Arabic knowledge. We have this website
>http://www.quranreader.org where we are trying to
>display the text of the Quran with accurately encoded
>Unicode text rather than the traditional images. Some
>of the characters in the Quran aren't rendered
>correctly. We are letting the browser to use its
>default Unicode font on the website, which is Times
>New Roman Unicode for the newer versions of Internet
>Explorer I think. If we used a high-quality Unicode
>font for Arabic, would this solve the problem? Or is
>this a bigger problem that has to do with the
>rendering engine provided by the operating system?
>I would like to give you an example. In Arabic when
>you have a Lam And Alef together, it is rendered in a
>unique way instead of the regular rendering for these
>letters that kind of looks like this:
> \ /
>In the Quran, there is sometimes this combination of
>In such a case, the Lam and Alif are still rendered
>the way they would be had there not been a hamza
>inbetween, and the hamza is simply put above the alef
>and lam in the middle which looks kind of like this:
> \ /
>Note that this is different than the case as
>illustrated in Figure 3 where the hamza is directly
>above the alef and not "in between" lam and alef.
> \ /
>So there is a subtle difference that the hamza is not
>directly above the alef but rather in between the alef
>and the lam. I am attaching a small gif file named
>"Sample.gif" that will demostrate the subtle
>difference of the positioning of the hamza. Attached
>are two words from the Quran. Look for the second word
>where the hamza is in between the alef and the lam
>instead of directly above the alef.
>When we encode this case with this combination of
>Unicode characters: 0644-0627-0621
>in Internet Explorer, instead of showing it like
>Figure 2, it totally seperates all letters and shows
>it like this:
>| C \__/
>which is totally wrong.
>Which one do you think is the problem here?
>1) We are not encoding this combination of characters
>in the correct way.
>2) This is a font-related problem.
>3) This is a bigger problem for which the rendering
>engine on the operating system has to be modified.
>Thank you very very much,
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