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Syriac OpenType Specification


Creating and supporting OpenType fonts for the Syriac script

This document presents information that will assist font developers in creating fonts for all Syriac script languages covered by the Unicode Standard 3.1. The three styles of Syriac in use today; Estrangelo, Serto and East Syriac all use the same Syriac encoding . Font developers will learn how to encode complex script features in their fonts, choose character sets, organize font information, and use existing tools to produce Syriac fonts. Registered features of the Syriac script are defined and illustrated, encodings are listed, and templates are included for compiling Syriac layout tables for OpenType fonts.

This document also presents information about the Syriac OpenType shaping engine of 'Uniscribe', an operating system component responsible for text layout.

In addition to being a primer and specification for the creation and support of Syriac fonts, this document is intended to more broadly illustrate the OpenType Layout architecture, feature schemes, and operating system support for shaping and positioning text.


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Syriac OpenType Specification
Microsoft Typography | Developer information | Specifications | OpenType font development