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Re: Arabic Font (PakType)

A little info on Arabic script based font development
(from PakType):

* The first step is to locate the characters that you 
want to include in your font from Unicode chart for 
Arabic range. 
(http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U0600.pdf )

* After that you'll need to make all shapes for those 
characters and make a TrueType font using Fontographer

or Font Creator Program or anyother TTF software. 
(http://www.high-logic.com/fcp.html )

* Before proceding to OpenType, become a member of 
Microsoft VOLT Community Page and download Microsoft
(http://groups.msn.com/MicrosoftVOLTuserscommunity )

* After downloading VOLT, go through "Arabic script 
based OpenType font development guide using VOLT" 


* Now you are ready to make yout own OTF from your 

* After creating OTF, if you want to hint your font, 
then join VTT Community 
(http://groups.msn.com/VisualTrueTypeUsersCommunity ) 
and download VTT.

Some more links:

--- Nadim Shaikli <shaikli at yahoo dot com> wrote:
> --- Mete Kural <metekural yahoo.com> wrote:
> > How about proposing PakType to be a part of
> > Arabeyes.org? Or at least merging the font making
> > projects? By joining efforts, it may be possible
> to
> > develop one or two very good fonts rather than
> several
> > mediocre fonts. What do you think?
> We don't have a "font making" project (we'd like to
> get some
> people interested in that regard and there have been
> some posts
> on the 'general' list with that regard in the past);
> we can start
> one if there are enough motivated, committed people
> with genuine
> interest (a HOWTO is a precursor to generating that
> interest). 
> At a minimum, it would be nice to have a HOWTO on
> how to create
> fonts (a previous email to this thread is a great
> start - thanks
> Arash Zeini).  If anyone from the PakType group
> would like to
> help by all means jump-in -its for the benefit of
> the community.
> Salam.
>  - Nadim
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