On Arabic fonts

Arabic fonts has been a problem that kept being mentioned through out the course of the first Arab Techies Gathering, December 2008. You hear it all the time, no one is ever satisfied with the font used on this website or that. And if you are a web designer, I'm sure that's one thing that you hear from your clients all the time, to start thinking about changing your career.

Part of my tasks as community coordinator is to initiate activities and help members realise their individual projects, especially if they solve common problems.

We had a common problem (Arabic fonts) and we had an enthusiastic Arab Techies member working on it by himself. I saw an opportunity for Arab Techies to intervene and help solve that problem, so again I decided to set up a meeting to discuss this problem with various stake holders.

I went to meet with Artist and Typographer Mohieddine ElLabbad to tell him about our initiative and invite him to the Arabic fonts meeting we are planning to hold. He was enthusiastic to participate and he invited us to hold that meeting in his studio, which we did. He also invited his assistant, Ossama Bahr to attend since he is a fonts maker, with lots of experience on the subject.

We held that meeting in mid may, a week before our Code Sprint.

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