Justification of Arabic Text: what's next?

Session 7

Sunday, 3 October 2021

1:00 PM CST – 1:30 PM CST



  • English
As colleagues in the typographic community have recently proclaimed, the present approach for justification of Arabic text leaves much to be desired. What are the causes of the reported deficiencies? We begin by exploring the specific requirements of Arabic text, followed by a brief overview of pre-digital approaches to text justification. Amplifying our exploration, we propose a comprehensive, designer-driven approach to text justification that could be assimilated into the OpenType Specification.
  • Kamal Mansour

    United States

    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.

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