On Tue, 25 Sep 2001 18:17:22 -0400 Nik Taylor <[log in to unmask]> writes: > David Peterson wrote: > > Because when you put two Arabic characters together, they never > merge > > to form some third character, as happens all the time in Hindi. > Well, there are some ligatures in Arabic. I'm not sure, tho, of > how > common they are in modern printed Arabic. > -- > AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42 - Well, the only real ligature that i can think of is laam-alif, which looks just like the two letters individually, except that they're merged together at one point instead as part of a horizontal line. In handwritten Arabic, though, there are lots more ligature-like features, when certain letters can only be joined by putting one almost on top of another one. -Stephen (Steg) "SabaaH alxayr! SabaaH alnuur!"