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22 August 2011

History of the Alphabet (Hebrew, Greek, Cyrillic, Latin, Arabic)

Ubuntu Design

The BBC just put up a five-minute audio slideshow “The story of how we got our alphabets” about the development of western writing, starting in 3,000 BC in Mesopotamia with various attempts at proto-writing systems and then Cuneiform script. It shows the history of the alphabet, stemming from the Phoenician alphabet and continuing to the ...

15 August 2011

Ubuntu Arabic, in print!

Ubuntu Research

A beta of Ubuntu Font Family Arabic, in print as part of the testing and debugging process for the Arabic coverage.The magazine is an intriguing tri-lingual production published by the Cultural Office of Saudi Arabia in Germany … German and English articles using Latin script at one cover and Arabic from the other. ...

23 June 2011

Kashmiri Arabic script – questions, questions…

Ubuntu Design

We are now putting the two complex scripts Hebrew and Arabic together. Although the basic design of the Arabic was finalised some months ago we have been doing a lot of background work investigating language support, and thus defining a glyph set. This work has led us to have aprox. another 1,000 glyphs in the font supporting languages su ...

4 January 2011

Hebrew and Arabic on track

Ubuntu Design

Although I haven’t posted much recently we have still been working away. Besides the latest update to Version 0.7 of the core fonts, which posed some technical challenges, we have now finalised the Hebrew Regular and are making good tracks with the Arabic. You may remember the earlier post on the subject of the Hebrew ...