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Do you find that the font size of Arabic text online is too small?

I just stumbled upon this add-on that allows you to increase the font size of Arabic text on your browser.

Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/huruf/lhdifindchogekmjooeiolmjdlheilae
Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/huruf_letters/?src=api

Feb 16, 2018 9:07 PM
Comments · 8

@Aliph

The problem is that standard fonts are designed with Latin letters in mind, so the designers don't take into account the characteristics of Arabic letters. The main parts of Arabic letters tend to be smaller (for example, the vertical lines of ب and س are very short), so the letters are less prominent on the page and screen.

It's often better to use fonts that are designed specifically for Arabic characters, but unfortunately all the default fonts for browsers are designed for Latin characters, so Arabic web designers have to either use their own fonts or increase the font size.

February 17, 2018
Mumtaz, yes, diacritics:((((( In my browser I just always keep everything zoomed. I think, larger Latin letters are not bad for my eyes either.
In Skype I have to copy it, or I only can tell them from each other from the context.

Aliph, here in Russia people (at least those above 30) use PCs. We have a smarphone somewhere in the bag (for GPS etc), a phone in a pocket (to make calls) and when we come home we proceed straight to our desktops.
February 17, 2018

The size of Arabic fonts is a real NIGHTMARE not only online but also printed. I thought that Arabs weren’t concerned by this problem. I am glad dear Abdullah and Mumtaz that you share this concern.

I do not use the computer for Arabic but a tablet, it limits certain possibilities but one can enlarge a text.

For Skype it is also better to chat and read on a tablet or a smartphone with a decent screen.

For books I scan the book and put it on the tablet. I am always doing very fastidious and complicated manœuvres. If only teachers and editors of Arabic grammars were aware of the problem. But it is rare. 

Thank you Abdullah.


February 17, 2018

Unfortunately yes, Abdullah!

I remember when I used to be active in correcting Arabic notebook entries, seeing 

Arabic diacritics (tashkil) was a nightmare, so I had to zoom in to 150% to be able  

to relax and not worry about adding the wrong diacritic!

Thank you for the Chrome extension :)

February 17, 2018
Actually, Arabic font problem is very old. However, I think in smartphones is solved. I'm using English language in my phone as well my laptop because I get used to use English in PC since 1998. I'm the youngest member of my family so I had the opportunity to use it in that time. Even though in smartphones Arabic fonts looks good. There still a problem with numbers. They don't support Arabic numbers, 1,2,3,...., while using Arabic keyboard. I have to change between both keyboards and because of LR and RL differences between Arabic and Latin I suffer a lot. Here in Libya and other Meghrib countries we use Arabic numbers. I have a good experience with web programming. I don't think there is a problem with Arabic fonts like old days. There are special servers that can be use to upload fonts. Arabic fonts and PDF is completely another story. However, I don't think there is a problem with printed Arabic pages.
February 17, 2018
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Abdalá
Language Skills
Arabic, Arabic (Gulf), English, Spanish
Learning Language
Spanish