Firefox 3 and Urdu

I just installed Firefox 3 and it’s all slick and lovely and smooth. I’m a fan of the shashka and the smooth look and whatnot, but when I loaded BBCUrdu.com, it gave me a) an icky Naskh and b) disconnected letters. I don’t know what to do about it. I want it back to the ordinary Geeza Pro goodness a la:

Now this is still not joined letters with the medial hay because, again, Firefox has buggered it. But it’s still more readable than this:

Now this is reidiculous. it would be okay to read, though I prefer the former, if it would join where it’s supposed to.

I installed about a jillion Urdu fonts on my computer (Mac OS 10.5) and when I had Firefox 2.whatever, it eventually starting behaving. Which is to say, first it messed up the medial hay, both the dochashmi and the kunda, then it fixed dochashmi, then it fixed kunda, and then it registered the dash that forms the Urdu fullstop (which it was rendering as a question mark for a while.)

Now: do I have to reinstall my fonts? Are there new fonts? Do I have to wait till Firefox 3 catches up to Urdu? It’s very annoying.

Stumble it!

4 comments ↓

#1 Annabell on 07.26.08 at 1:34 pm

Just learn to speak some fucking English like God intended, you freedom-hating French hippie. This is America. You’ll take your crazy voodoo language any way you can get it and be grateful that people even bother making shit so you don’t have to get off YOUR lazy ass and learn American while you use our hard-earned taxes to pay for your welfare babies and blow up our brave men in uniform so you can have sex with virgins when you die.

Or check to see if there’s an add-on yet. I’m sure there will be soon if not.

Also, have you heard about these guys: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-relig_anonymous-scientologyjul25,0,980144.story
Weird weird and weirder.

Smooches.

#2 jessbody on 07.26.08 at 2:25 pm

What worked for me on Linux with Firefox 3…
Go to Firfox Preferences or Options
Content/Advanced/ Fonts for Arabic
and pick good Urdu fonts here (like Nafees Web Naskh, or whatever works on mac). That should do it.

Also checkout ur.wikipedia.org under معاونت

#3 Uzair on 08.02.08 at 12:57 pm

On the subject of fonts…I find Chay articles virtually impossible to read. Is that Century Gothic you’re using?

#4 kyla on 08.02.08 at 1:24 pm

Seriously? Yeah, it’s Century Gothic. What on earth are you using for a computer?

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