Arabic Typesetting font family
Arabic Typesetting is an OpenType typeface designed as a modern interpretation of the traditional Naskh style. This font is a testament to the quality achievable when applying rigorous standards to modern digital typography.
This typeface is particularly well suited for traditional book typography, an area neglected by digital type. The font provides fine typographic control by marrying the latest OpenType technology to traditional calligraphic and typographic models. It achieves maximum readability by opening bowls and counters, balancing the proportions of stroke and white space in letters that typically cause problems at small sizes, and by contextually differentiating similar forms. The font contains over 2,100 glyphs, including contextual alternates, ligatures, and language-specific forms. Great care was taken in the design and digitization of all outlines. The graceful curves, the dynamic of blunt and rounded terminals, and the contrast between thick and thin strokes are consistent and lively throughout the typeface. In addition to providing all the correct shapes for quality Arabic typesetting, the same care and consistency has been applied in glyphs used for the many other languages, such as Farsi, Urdu, Sindhi, etc., that are written in variants of the Arabic script. This means that documents incorporating several language will have a harmonious appearance. The Arabic glyphs are accompanied by Latin letters designed to achieve a balance of color, weight and proportion between the two scripts. Typically, the trend in co-ordinating Arabic and Latin types has been to unhappily force the Arabic to match the proportions of the Latin.
|Styles & Weights||Arabic Typesetting|
|Designers||Mamoun Sakkal, Paul C. Nelson and John Hudson|
|Copyright||© 2015 Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved.|
|Font vendor||Microsoft Corp.|
|Code pages||1252 Latin 1
1250 Latin 2: Eastern Europe
1257 Windows Baltic
Mac Roman Macintosh Character Set (US Roman)
Licensing and redistribution info
- Font redistribution FAQ for Windows
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Products that supply this font
|Product name||Font version|
|Windows 10||See the Windows 10 page.|
|Windows 8.1||See the Windows 8.1 page.|
|Windows 8||See the Windows 8 page.|
|Windows 7||See the Windows 7 page.|
|Windows Server 2008||5.01|
This typeface is also available within Office applications. For more information visit this page.
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