> First of all:  There are two Behnam's on this list interested in
> font issues!
Not to mention many more people with names starting or ending with "beh"!
(like Connie for example !!)

> Well, here is the problem, as Behnam Esfahbod mentioned earlier,
> the isolated letters (those that do not join to the left or right
> letters) and Persian YE and KE are those that are drawn with the
> small (bitmap?) font.
> And here is my explanation of the cause of the problem (just
> guessing from the symptoms, but pretty sure that's it):  First,
> the correct font (big one) do not have glyphs for Persian Ye and
> Ke letters.  And second one should be in the engine:  The
> isolated glyphs are shared between Arabic block (0600) and
> Arabic Presentation Forms B (FB00) in the font, and Mozilla and
> any other Arabic shaping engine maps the isolated letters to the
> Forms B block, but the rendering engine refuses to draw them, as
> its simply using the glyph for the 0600 codepoint.  It should be
> pretty simple to hack a workaround in the Mozilla codebase.  Send
> me an iBook and I will do that in a week.

I guess you got it right. I don't understand the programming part but I'm
familiar with Arabic Presentation Forms.
Let's hope Panther did the needed work. It's more practical than sending you
an iBook. Besides, I have a desktop computer!
A friend of mine in Italy  has Panther installed and he told me that
everything on his browser is now appearing normal with the exception of
dotted Yeh, which I don't think is related to the same issue.

> On Sun, 2 Nov 2003, Behnam wrote:
>> On 2/11/03 3:30 AM, from the address: [EMAIL PROTECTED], you
>> wrote:
>>> Hi Everyone,
>>> We are celebrating Halloween over here this weekend so I've prepared a
>>> real SCARY treat for you: BBC Persian site as seen on Mac OS X.
>>> What is the cause of the font size changes in the latter two?? I don't see
>>> a pattern.
>>> -Connie
>> I didnšt receive the actual screen shots but I have a pretty good idea what
>> they look like!
>> Now you know what drives me in this fonts and keyboard quagmire !
>> I second Connie and hope somebody can explain the cause of these problems.
>> All I know is that a part of it is due to the limitations of the text engine
>> of OS X which is supposedly improved in Panther (OS 10.3)
>> The box of Panther is sitting on my desk and I intend to install it next
>> week. I'll let you know if I can confirm the promised improvements.
>> Behnam
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