[NTG-context] ANNOUNCEMENT: Arabic-Latin Modern Fixed
Idris Samawi Hamid ادريس سماوي حامد
ishamid at colostate.edu
Thu Aug 14 18:56:17 CEST 2014
[This announcement is dedicated to the 110% recovery and return of our
visionary and fearless leader Hans Hagen: Three cheers to you, Hans!!!]
It's my pleasure to announce the release of Arabic-Latin Modern Fixed, a
monospaced font that extends TeX-Gyre Latin Modern Mono 10 Regular. It has
been uploaded to CTAN, although I do not know how long it will take for
the CTAN people to approve and publish it. Eventually it will make it's
way into the ConTeXt minimals as well. Until then, you may use this
README.txt is reproduced below. Future plans include both bold and
proportional versions. Enjoy and
Idris Samawi Hamid
Professor of Philosophy
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523
Typeface Family: Arabic-Latin Modern
Font: Arabic-Latin Modern Fixed
Author: Idris Samawi Hamid
Date: August 5, 2014
Arabic-Latin Modern Fixed is licensed under the GUST Font License with one
important adjustment: It is requested, as well as legally *required*, that
derived works be distributed only after changing the names of the fonts
comprising this work.
Some notes, in no particular order:
1. For more extensive documentation, examples, and background; see
2. The final version number (per any future fixes, maintenance etc.) is
intended to be Version 1.10.
3. Arabic-Latin Modern Fixed is an extension of TeX-Gyre Latin Modern Mono
10 Regular. Every glyph and opentype feature of the Latin Modern Mono has
been retained, with minor improvements. On the other hand, we have changed
the vertical metrics of the font. Although the Arabic script is designed
to use the same x-size as Latin Modern Mono, the former script needs
greater ascender and descender space. And there are cases (such as certain
kinds of academic assignment and definitely mixed Latin and Arabic text)
where Latin can use the extra vertical space as well. Otherwise, only the
vertical metrics prevents this from being a drop-in replacement for Latin
Modern Mono . Of course one can always set the vertical metrics in TeX to
match LM Mono.
4. Every Arabic glyph in each Unicode-code block is supported (up to
Unicode 7.0): Arabic, Arabic Supplement, Arabic Extended, Arabic
Presentation-Forms A, and Arabic Presentation-Forms B.
5. This is a totally original design, using the Knuthian letters as
inspiration. Indeed, virtually all Arabic characters were developed on the
foundation of a study of the Latin Modern Mono letters 'l', 'r', and 'c'.
In other words, this is a genuine extension of the original Knuthian
design to an authentic and culturally authentic Arabic typing font.
6. There are two versions of the font: ps and tt. The Type~1 version is
for print applications (and usually the default for TeX). The TrueType
version is for on-screen applications such as text editors. Hinting in the
tt version is much better for on-screen, at least on Microsoft Windows.
7. The most unique feature of Arabic-Latin Modern is in its treatment of
vowels and diacritics. Each vowel and diacritic (ALM Fixed contains a
total of 68 such glyphs) can now be edited horizontally within any text
editor or processor. I believe this is the very first opentype Arabic font
ever to have this capability. Editing complex Arabic texts will now be
much easier to input and to proofread.
8. At least 12 additional format characters are included; see
almfixed-dtk.pdf for details. Also designed a glyph representation for
U+00A0 (no-break space), as well as U+25CC (dotted circle).
9. Arabic-Latin Modern Mono will be a boon to scholars, academics, coder
editors, and anyone who wants to manage the entry of the wide array of
Unicode Arabic text for editing, verbatim, or other purposes.
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