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Raising the Stakes in Arabic Text Handling (Thomas Milo lecture)

Date/Time: 
Friday, 7 February 2014 - 4:30pm
Location: 
Green Library - Information Center Classroom

Join the Stanford Libraries 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.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please contact Sonia Lee <sonialee_at_stanford.edu> if you would like to attend.