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Arabic script font for West African languages

Harmattan, named after the trade winds that blow during the winter in West Africa, is designed in a Warsh style to suit the needs of languages using the Arabic script in West Africa.

Harmattan does not cover the full Unicode Arabic repertoire. It only supports characters known to be used by languages in West Africa.

Harmattan makes use of state-of-the-art font technologies to support complex typographic issues. Font smarts are implemented using OpenType and Graphite technologies.

Harmattan provides a simplified rendering of Arabic script, using basic connecting glyphs but not including a wide variety of additional ligatures or contextual alternates (only the required lam-alef ligatures). This simplified style is often preferred for clarity, especially in non-Arabic languages, but may be considered unattractive in more traditional and literate communities.

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