[Pkg-fonts-bugs] ITP: ttf-sil-lateef - smart Unicode font for Arabic

Nicolas Spalinger nicolas_spalinger at sil.org
Wed Nov 25 20:38:17 UTC 2009

Package: wnpp
Severity: wishlist
Owner: Nicolas Spalinger <nicolas.spalinger at sil.org>

* Package name    : ttf-sil-lateef
  Version         : 1.001
  Upstream Author : Bob Hallissy, Jonathan Kew
* URL             : http://scripts.sil.org/ArabicFonts
* License         : Open Font License 1.1
  Description     : smart Unicode font for Arabic (Sindhi and South
Asian styles)


Lateef is named after Shah Abdul Lateef Bhitai, the famous Sindhi mystic
and poet. It is intended to be an appropriate style for use in Sindhi
and other languages of the South Asian region.

This font provides a simplified rendering of Arabic script, using basic
connecting glyphs but not including a wide variety of additional
ligatures or contextual alternates (only the required lam-alef
ligatures). This simplified style is often preferred for clarity,
especially in non-Arabic languages, but may be considered unattractive
in more traditional and literate communities.

This release supports virtually all of the Unicode 5.0 Arabic character
repertoire (excluding the Arabic Presentation Forms blocks, which are
not recommended for normal use). Font smarts are implemented using
OpenType and AAT technology.

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