Arabic script encoding problems

titus n.'s picture

this is the first time i am working on a layout with non-latin scripts.
i have ms word files, set in tahoma in arabic and want to do the layout in indesign 2.0. the word documents where written on a pc, i work on a mac. the font i want to use is nazanin truetype for mac.

when placing the documents into my indesign document all glyphs are highlighted as missing.
solutions?

twardoch's picture

Titus,

do you use InDesign Middle East edition (from Winsoft), or just the regular U.S. version of InDesign?

Adam

titus n.'s picture

that was fast ... regular version.

titus n.'s picture

but perhaps i could get access to a middle east pc version.

twardoch's picture

You can't typeset Arabic on the regular version of InDesign. It doesn't support right-to-left rendering, the contextual selection of initial and final forms, vowels positioning etc. But all that is supported in InDesign ME. Best would be to us a Unicode-encoded Arabic font with OpenType layout features. I don't think Nazanin exists in such a version, so InDesign ME may or may not support it. But InDesign ME ships with Winsoft Naskh Pro, a quite reasonable OpenType Arabic text face. I sugges that you give Nazanin a try in InDesign ME, if it doesn't work then either use Winsoft Naskh Pro or contact Linotype for information regarding availability of Nazanin in OpenType.

Regards,
Adam

titus n.'s picture

crap, i should have asked earlier! i already bought the truetype version of nazanin for mac!
so, thanks a lot adam, i'll come back to this section earlier the next time.

twardoch's picture

Titus,

Perhaps the font will work in InDesign ME after all. Otherwise, you may contact Linotype so they exchange the font to a different format, or refund you (if they have such policy, I don't know).

Regards,
Adam

titus n.'s picture

ok, thanks again, i'll figure something out!

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