Referring to the picture shown at:
you see 2 words: One Arabic Word in 3 different Styles: 2 Computerized and one Calligraphed (top
This 4-letter word begins with the egg-shaped letter (Sad) and ends with TaMarboota
The second letter has 2 arms (upper and lower) and the third looks like j without dot
Which word is more attractive, shorter (less horizontal) and more comfortable to the eyes
That's right: The Top
Why? For 4 reasons:
the upper-arm of the seconed letter shouldered the first letter that happily hoped on
the lower arm of the second letter curved slightly to join the third letter, and
the third letter coiled itself slightly to fill (kill) the gap it makes with the last letter
The last letter moved up and right as she always likes to be snuggled
Slight yet Smart Changes?
By and large, in order to join appropriately to neighbouring letters (where applicable).
Letter Tails (not heads) slightly change to achieve smooth connection, and
Meem, Ha and likewise letters (Jeem and Kha) shoulder earlier Letters
Technically Speaking, the first 2 letters are ligatured and the last 2 letters are kerned
Ligatures integrate 2 or more letters into one and Kerning narrows the gap between 2 letters
To see all the Calligraphical possibilities of each and every Arabic Alphabet, click here:
For example, in PageQ1.ttf, the Characters within the range from Alt+0185 to Alt+0201 read One letter— the egg-like (Sad)— but with
slightly different tails.
Hope I have succeeded in clarifying 2 factors often neglected by Arabic/Jawi font designers.
Questions? Comments? Suggestions?
Looking forward to translatin this thread into your native langauge here.
Many Thanks in anticipation