AsarFonts is a fint set that consisted of some standard fonts that are used in academic world, particularly for Islamic and Middle Eastren studies.
It also a requirement tool for any writer or person who want to come out with an academic writing which related to the studies. AsarFonts is very practical for university professionals: lecturers and students of Islāmic and Arabic studies, schools teachers especially JQAF teachers, book authors, book publishers, Jawi enthusiasts, Islamic and language software developers and many more.
Differences between AsarFonts and other fonts and software:
|AsarFonts||Times New Roman, Arial, Traditional Arabic fonts & Other Available Software
|- Comprised of Arabic, Jawi, English
and Latin/ Roman transliteration letters
for Arabic scripts in a single font namely as “AsarFonts”.
- Based on QWERTY design
- Could be typed using any standard
keyboard for Windows.
- Comprised of all standard characters
in English, Arabic, Jawi and Latin/ Roman transliteration letters for Arabic-Jawi scripts.
-Jawi characters could not be used and no keyboard layout for them.
Testing of AsarFonts :
- English: AsarFonts now is ready to be in the market. It’s a writing for writing Islāmic & Arabic studies.
- Arabic: قال الله تعالى: ] لا يَنْهَاكُمْ اللَّهُ عَنْ الَّذِينَ لَمْ يُقَاتِلُوكُمْ فِي الدِّينِ وَلَمْ يُخْرِجُوكُمْ مِنْ دِيَارِكُمْ أَنْ تَبَرُّوهُمْ وَتُقْسِطُوا إِلَيْهِمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُقْسِطِينَ[ (القرآن، الممتحنة: ٨).
Most of today’s writing tools are designed to accommodate multiple language features in a single document; unfortunately most of the features are not thoroughly implemented. Asar Fonts comprised of Arabic, Jawi and Latin/ Roman transliteration letters for Arabic-Jawi scripts. This allows researchers to sufficiently use a single font, i.e. Asar Fonts in their documents.
Asar Fonts is the answer for today’s main problem faced by many Malaysian researchers or writers, particularly in the field of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies. This font makes use of four (4) Unicode planes to represent 1- Latin/ Roman characters, 2- Arabic characters, 3- Jawi characters and 4- Latin/ Roman transliteration letters for Arabic-Jawi scripts. All these planes will be represented by two keyboard layouts that can be switched from one layout to another by using “Shift + Alt” keys
Furthermore, there are many fonts in AsarFonts; each font can type Arabic-Jāwī and Arabic transliteration. The fonts are: Asar (standard one), AsarDiwani, AsarKufi, AsarRaka‘ah, AsarThuluth and AsarUthmanTaha.
Apart from providing all the basic standard writing fonts for multiple languages in a single document, Asar Fonts will also be made compatible other applications that run on Windows environment such as Word, Power Point, Note Pad and Email.
Usefulness in solving problem
- Researchers in Malaysia especially those in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies are always faced with arduous task of writing their papers because they have to incorporate various multilingual scripts in a single document. To accomplish a written task, they would have to use a couple of writing tools and several fonts by virtue of copy and paste; combining each piece of a puzzle into a single document. While this method proved to be meticulous and time consuming for the authors, it is even harder on the part of the publishers to print the final works because they also have to have the same computer setup as the authors’; that means they must also install relevant writing tools and fonts.
- To alleviate the painstaking process in the writing, we suggest the implementation of a single font namely as “Asar Fonts”. This font will include standard fonts such as Times New Roman font, Traditional Arabic font, Jawi font and Latin/ Roman Transliteration letters for Arabic and Jawi languages or scripts.
Now with Asar Fonts, the complete writing, reading, and word-processing capabilities in Arabic-Jawi are available on the PC. Both languages Arabic and Jawi now are easily accessibly on the Internet, a world of language training activities has opened to the field of teaching Arabic-Jawi as a foreign language.
Hence these things should be achieved:
1 - J-QAF teachers and university lecturers can finally expect students to submit typed drafts of long compositions in Arabic-Jawi, just as in any language course.
2- The students can join Arabic-Jawi chat rooms and virtually interact with Arabic-Jawi writers from all over the world. Sending and receiving Arabic-Jawi e-mails have never been easier. Even Arabic on-line proficiency tests are being developed and tested by a number of Arabic language institutions, perhaps it’s time for the respective authorities in Malaysia to come out with Jawi online proficiency test .
Contact Person :
1. En. Sa'udin Bin Sulong - 09-549 2796
2. En. Hafiz