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by Sonia Lee | Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Friday, February 7, 2014
4:30p-6:30p
Information Center Classroom, First Floor, Green Library East
The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please respond to Sonia Lee if you would like to attend.

Join us for a fascinating talk by noted typographer Thomas Milo who will describe a project initiated by the Sultanate of Oman.

The project aims to display, search and quote Qur'ān text on the web in a typographically stable and orthographically flawless manner, regardless the operating system or the type of web device. This requires rethinking computer typography. After a general description of the project, two areas will be discussed in more detail:

  • Scalable Vector Graphics technology will be evaluated as a candidate to stabilise computer typography. Browser deficiencies regarding SVG will be identified; SVG issues with Unicode will be identified.
  • Typography issues regarding Arabic orthography in general and Qur'ān in particular will be identified, particularly the amphibious letters, not handled by any software to date.
  • In addition to that a novel analysis of palaeographic Arabic script forms the basis for a new typeface to render the chapter headings.
Contact: Sonia Lee, sonialee@stanford.edu, 736-9538

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