Urdu Nastaliq Unicode
Urdu Nastaliq Unicode is a Windows True-Type Urdu Font which uses
Unicode Arabic coding.
Why this font?
- There are many Urdu fonts available on the Net, Umair, Alkatib,
Khat-e Naqsh, Urdu Web, to name a few. The problem is that each of
these fonts uses a different character coding, thus the webpages created
for a particular font are unique for that font. The result is that
displaying Urdu text in the web pages is a big mess, with each font promoting
its own character code.
- Unicode is changing all this.
Unicode provides a unique
number for every character, no matter what the platform,
no matter what the program, no matter what the language!
- Urdu Nastaliq Unicode font uses the Unicode character coding,
thus adopting a fast developing standard in displaying scripts.
- There are a few Unicode compatible Urdu fonts, like the
Persian Nesf2 font and
Cyberbit Basic font. But all of these use the Naskh style.
Urdu Nastaliq Unicode font uses the
Nastaliq style, which is what is natural for writing Urdu.
The difference is here for you to see:
Urdu Nastaliq Unicode ||TITUS Cyberbit Basic
- Because Urdu Nastaliq Unicode is a Unicode font, you no longer
need your software to put the characters in reverse order. Unicode has built
in information that the Arabic/Urdu script is written right-to-left. So
your software puts the characters sequentially, and the Unicode compatible
web browsers, like Internet Explorer, Mozilla and Netscape
6 will display them right to left.
Thus, Urdu text can now have floating images and lines wrap
properly, irrespective of the browser width!
- Urdu Nastaliq Unicode uses those particular characters out of the
Unicode Arabic and Arabic Presentation Forms, which are
displaying Urdu, and leaves out the ones specific to Arabic. For example,
many existing Unicode fonts do not have the characters
are very much needed to make the script look good.
Here is one exmaple of the text generated using Urdu Nastaliq Unicode:
and here is another one:
These are, of course, images of Urdu text generated by the font. To see the
font in action, first you must....
Download the Urdu Nastaliq Unicode font!
- Click H E R E to download the self-extracting
zip file, u-font.exe.
- Run the file u-font.exe, and a directory named urdufont
will be created, with the font file nastaliq_unicode.ttf, and some help
- Install the font by going to Settings/Control Panel/Fonts, and choosing
"install a new font".
- Once you have the font installed, check out this
Ghazal in Unicode Urdu.
- Also check out this page on effects of nuclear
weapons, as an example of continuous Urdu text with floating images.
Note: Currently Unicode Urdu will be displayed properly only in
Internet Explorer 5+, Netscape 6.2 and Mozilla. Some
browsers, like Opera 6 and Netscape 4.xx, display the
characters properly, but don't display them right to left. But do not
worry - Unicode is the future of font coding - soon all browsers will
For the technical minded
- Urdu Nastaliq Unicode font
uses the Unicode Arabic Range 0600-06FF,
Unicode Arabic Presentation Forms-A FB50-FDFF and Unicode Arabic Presentation
- Code chart for the Urdu Nastaliq Unicode
font. (You need to have the font installed, to view the Urdu characters)
- PDF file for the code chart (you don't need to
install the font to view this, but you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader).
How to write using this font
Well, that is the difficult part. Just having an Urdu font doesn't allow you
to create Urdu web pages in an easy manner. You should look for a software
which allows you to write in Unicode Urdu.
Personally I use U-TRANS for creating Unicode Urdu
1st July 2002
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Copyright (C) 2002 Shehzad Ali and Tabish
This font is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
modify it under the terms of the
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as published by the Free Software Foundation.