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About Arabetics Latte Font Family
Arabetics Latte is a Latin Serif typeface with a comprehensive support for the Arabetic scripts, including Quranic texts. While its seemingly-idiosyncratic Latin design eliminates the excessive usage of serifs and offsets the visual effects of several geometrically-intense glyphs, its Times Romanesque proportions gives a full nod to the beginnings of Latin types and produces an overall stable look-and-feel of a classical Serif style, making it suitable for both text and display applications. Liberal spacing is maintained throughout to match that of the Arabic text and is further supplemented by a careful implementation of a typical Latin kerning. The overall design of this font, including metrics and dimensions, was intended to make its Latin harmonize well with most other Arabetics foundry fonts. Arabetics Latte fully supports MS 1252 Western and 1256 Arabic code pages, in addition to all the transliteration characters required by the ALA-LC Romanization tables. Users can either select an accented character directly or form it by keying the desired combining diacritic mark following an unaccented character. For Arabic, it fully supports Unicode 6.1, and the latest Arabic Supplement and Extended-A Unicode blocks. The Arabic design of this font family follows the Mutamathil Taqlidi design style with connected glyphs, emphasizing vertical strokes to bring added harmony, and utilizing slightly varying x-heights to match that found in Latin. The Mutamathil Taqlidi type style uses one glyph for every basic Arabic Unicode character or letter, as defined by the Unicode Standards, and one additional final form glyph, for each freely-connecting letter of the Arabic cursive text. Arabetics Latte includes the required Lam-Alif ligatures in addition to all vowel diacritic ligatures. Soft-vowel diacritic marks (harakat) are selectively positioned with most of them appearing on similar high and low levels—top left corner—, to clearly distinguish them from the letters. Tatweel is a zero-width glyph. Keying the tatweel key (shft-j) before Alif-Lam-Lam-Ha will display the Allah ligature. Arabetics Latte includes both Arabic and Arabic-Indic numerals, in addition to generous number of punctuation and mathematical symbols. Available in both OpenType and TrueType formats, it includes two weights, regular and bold, each has normal, Italic, and left-slanted styles.
Designers: Saad D. Abulhab
Design Owner: Arabetics
MyFonts debut: Jul 5, 2012
Operating as arabetics.com, Arabetics is New York based private foundry and consulting firm specializing in Arabic fonts and lettering design, and related Arabic typography software solutions. It is best known for producing innovative, and inspiring non-traditional simplified fonts. Arabetics prime mission is to produce quality fonts to support Arabetic scripts computing and typography needs. It was founded in 2003, by type designer Saad D. Abulhab who introduced earlier the US Utility Patent awarded Mutamathil Type Style, the underlying design template behind most of Arabetics fonts. The Mutamathil design philosophy aims at producing extended Arabic fonts that would diversify and enrich users typographic options and address the scripts challenges of literacy, education, economics, technology, global competition, as well as style and legibility. Mr. Abulhab is an IT Electrical Engineer and a librarian. His involvement in Arabic type design and computing goes back to 1992.
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