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What if we combine Nafees and Liberation fonts to write Urdu

Posted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 1:14 pm
by Muhammad Saad
Assalam o Alaikum,

As most of you know, using Nafees Web Naskh font for writing English text does not go well on Linux.
So I was thinking if somehow I could manage to combine both Nafees Web Naskh and Liberation Sans, reading and writing Urdu on LinuxPakistan forums will become easier.

So I need guidance on how to do this on Linux.
Anyone who can help?

Posted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 10:14 pm
by Muhammad Saad
A friend of mine has merged the fonts for me. The only problem now left is the name to choose for it. I want to choose a name which shows our respect to the authors of both fonts but does not violate any trademark stuff.

Any ideas?

Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:49 pm
by Muhammad Saad
The font is now ready. We have named it "Urdu Azad Naskh". I am going to upload it somewhere today or tomorrow. Let's see how good the font is.

Posted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 11:24 am
by Muhammad Saad
To download the font, click here.

Now where is Fawad uncle? :?

Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:49 pm
by Muhammad Saad
The font does not seem to be rendering well on Firefox. It looks like I shall have to find another way. :?

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:14 pm
by Muhammad Saad
Muhammad Saad wrote:The font does not seem to be rendering well on Firefox. It looks like I shall have to find another way. :?

I have found out what was wrong. When I edit my preferences manually to show all pages in Urdu Azad Naskh, then the font is not rendered well. But when I made an HTML page with font specified, it was rendered very well. So it seems like it is ready to be used on LinuxPakistan.

I wonder where Fawad bhai has gone. :?

Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:50 pm
by Muhammad Saad
I have found a better font while searching my Urdu fonts collection. It is named "Simplified Naskh". Tomorrow I shall try to find out the original download location from where I had downloaded it. If I could not find it, I shall upload it to some file-sharing service so that people who are interested can try it. I think it will work great if we used it here.

Posted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 3:55 pm
by Muhammad Saad
Sorry for being late. I have uploaded the best Urdu fonts in my collection here:

Posted: Sat Jan 31, 2009 8:16 pm
by Muhammad Saad
I have found the original download location for Simplified Naskh. Here is the link:

But it seems like the latest version has some rendering problems. :?

Posted: Sat Jan 31, 2009 8:25 pm
by Muhammad Saad
Here are two more fonts that I found on the same site while looking around:

I also found an archive containing numerous other fonts on the site:

It will take a while for me to find out which one of them is best for use on LinuxPakistan forum. So stay tuned.

Administrators/moderators are requested to not let this thread be deleted.

Posted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 4:19 pm
by Muhammad Saad
I just got another idea. If I remove all the English alphabets from Nafees Web Naskh, then most font rendering engines will automatically display the missing characters using the system's default font. In such case, we can use Nafees Web Naskh for Urdu but Sans-Serif (or whatever the system's default font is) for English. 8)

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:32 pm
by Muhammad Saad
This is more problematic than I thought. Even more difficult than learning the basics of PHP. :)
So now I am going to spend my time on the alternative stylesheets idea instead of this one.