Another for you from the Arabic-L list.

(I'm also glad to see someone else noting that what is SMALL fontsize
in English is WAY TOO SMALL in Perso-Arabic.)

Date: 17 Nov  2003
From:Albrecht Hofheinz <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Subject:Panther and Arabic

As I have now taken the leap and installed Panther, I can at least
partly answer my own question.

Camino 0.7 and Firebird 0.7 both render vocalized text well-connected.
Camino, however, has a new problem (or at least one that I hadn't
previously noticed): it inserts a angle bracket (? not sure about the
name: >) after each laam-alif ligature. Haven't had time for extensive
testing, but just wish to report this. Firebird doesn't have this
problem, so for now Firebird would appear to be the browser of choice
for Arabic under Panther.

Otherwise, I'm pleased to say that not only are we now approaching
better legibility of Arabic web pages (you have to increase the font
size, though), but that -- as others have reported -- Panther is also
noticeably snappier than Jaguar -- finally an OS X system where I don't
have to curse the speed of my iBook/500. Upgrading went smoothly for
me. If you want to try for yourself, be sure to backup your important
files, repair permissions, and read about the FireWire issues before
you do; do an archive and install; and upgrade to 10.3.1 immediately
after installing 10.3, and before using external FireWire drives. Once
everything is upgraded, repair permissions again, and start working.

Albrecht Hofheinz

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