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Re: Quran in Unicode format

What he refers to as vruwmiy sounds like a Latin/Roman transliteration scheme for the Arabic script. There are too many Latin transliteration schemes for Arabic out there currently. For example, here is one example:

Since there are too many Latin transliteration schemes for Arabic out there, I do not think it would be wise to create yet another one. Some of these transliteration schemes out there are in fact very efficient in recording the intricacies of the Arabic text so I think it would be best to pick a good one and use that. I know Tom would have some things that he could share in this area. Any suggestions, Tom?


----- Original Message ----
From: Meor Ridzuan Meor Yahaya <meor dot ridzuan at gmail dot com>
To: Development Discussions <Developer at arabeyes dot org>; lionelf <lionelf at ftc-i dot net>
Sent: Monday, February 13, 2006 5:07:52 PM
Subject: Re: Quran in Unicode format

Dear Ahmad Asad,

Sounds interesting, but I think I need more detail on what is it all
about. More technical detail needed to give comments. An example on
how we can use this would be helpfull (is it a library, or an
application itself. what kind of tajweed information can it display


On 2/11/06, lionelf <lionelf at ftc-i dot net> wrote:
> Bismillah
> Salam
> I came across your email address in a discussion dated March 2003. The
> discussion popped up in a search for the text of the Quran in Arabic.
> Three years have passed, and things might have changed considerably. If
> I am telling you something you knew already, I apologize, but here goes:
> I have developed a script for transliterating Quran and showing tajwiyd.
> The objective of the script was 2-fold: to enable the user having only a
> conventional keyboard to enter accurate Arabic text, and to enable a
> user familiar with Roman script to master Arabic quickly, then learn
> conventional Arabic script at leisure. I call this script vruwmiy
> (pronounced ruwmiy).
> It turns out that vruwmiy is capable of encoding more information than
> traditional Arabic script. For example, the group 'an naas' has the
> second nuwn prolonged: we can show this in vruwmiy but there is no
> mechanism in traditional Arabic.
> During my work, I encountered all the problems of representing Quranic
> Arabic in Unicode, and I think I have found a solution.
> Let's assume that we have codepoints in Unicode, in a single font, for
> every combination of superscripts and subscripts occurring in the Quran.
> For example, we have a code for the nuwn in 'anbiyaa', with the small
> superscripted mim and the sukuwn on the nuwn. If we don't have such a
> font, we can prepare a metafont: that is, a font with all these
> codepoints, assembled from whatever fonts they occur in; the only
> restriction is that the metafont doesn't actually occur in Unicode.
> It is a simple matter to convert this Unicode text to vruwmiy, then run
> it through a post-processor to smooth it out a little, in accordance
> with the principles of vruwmiy. The result is text which can be read
> quickly and easily, and shows tajwiyd.
> This text can then be converted back to conventional Arabic by the
> reverse process. To me, this means that by working in vruwmiy instead of
> traditional Arabic, we can prepare a text without any internal font
> changes, using the metafont.
> Once this text has been verified, we can then automatically translate
> it, using a basic Unicode font with most of the code points, and putting
> in code points from other fonts where necessary.
> If you think this would work and resolve the sort of problems I have
> myself encountered, please let me know.
> Ma'a as salamah
> Ahmad Asad
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