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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
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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!"