Sunday, 3 October 2021
1:00 PM CST – 1:30 PM CST
For more than 25 years, Kamal has worked on the typography of the world's scripts. Since the early 1990s, he has been involved with the Unicode Standard in its efforts to digitally represent all human writing systems. In the early years of the Standard, he was immersed in the details of national character-sets (especially Japanese, Chinese & Korean) and their equivalent in Unicode. Leaning on his background in linguistics, he versed himself in the details of language-coverage of many scripts, including Latin, Cyrillic, and Arabic, among others. As OpenType gained broader support, Kamal turned his attention to coding of advanced typographic features of various scripts. Later on, he took on the challenge of architecting and implementing non-horizontal styles of Arabic script. The first typeface was Bustani, a contemporary rendition of classical Naskh style, followed by Noto Nastaliq.