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By Arabetics

Saad D. Abulhab

Jalil is an Arabetic typeface design with plenty of calligraphic hints on a single letter level, and with extra emphasis on the Arabic horizontal look. Jalil underlines both the power and beauty of individual, isolated, Arabic letters look and feel, unspoiled by forced connectivity. This font family was named after the designer’s father, professor and entomology scientist Jalil Abulhab, who passed away in Baghdad on January 4th 2010 after a long productive life. The typface family design follows the guidelines of the designer’s Mutamathil Taqlidi type style with one glyph for every basic Arabic Unicode character or letter, as defined in Unicode Standards, and one additional final form glyph, only for freely-connecting letters in traditional Arabic cursive text. The Jalil font family employs variable, unrestricted, x-height values. It includes two weights, normal and bold, and comes in regular, left-slanted italic, and condensed styles. Jalil includes all required Lam-Alif ligatures. Soft-vowel diacritic marks, harakat, are selectively positioned. The majority of them appear on the same level, over or below following a letter, to ensure that they would not interfere with individual glyphs appearance. All Jalil family fonts come in additional two Arabic calligraphic flavors: Kashida and Irsal. In Kashida, keying the tatweel key (shft-j) would replace a freely connecting letter glyph with one of a longer left horizontal stem. Keying it before any glyph will display that glyph traditional isolated form, if desired. Keying the tatweel key before Alif-Lam- Lam-Ha will display the Allah ligature. In addition to the Kashida affects, Irsal also includes alternative, swash-like, final shapes of a selected group of the strictedly-connecting Arabic letters. Jalil includes both Arabic and Arabic-Indic numerals, in addition to all Standard English keyboard punctuations and major currency symbols.

Sans Serif