There are practically no references at all for anything to do with Arabic Web Fonts. So, I’ve spent my day in a long tweetathon about anything related to the topic. Here are some of my tweets put together:
#ArabicWebFonts Browser support: All current versions of major browsers are ok on both Mac and PC except Opera on Mac OS
So, all ok on desktop browsers, but not ok on the iPhone or iPad
Even more techy info: Chrome and Safari will display discretionary ligatures (dlig OT feature), Firefox not.
Supported formats are WOFF and raw TrueType
Availability: @Fontscom Linotype, Monotype, 92 fonts; @MyFonts (by several foundries) 39 fonts; WebINK Paratype 18 ; @typotheque 4; @typekit & Google none at all
#ArabicWebFonts = use non-system Arabic fonts on the web = brand consistency, text that is scalable, selectable, editable, and printable
#ArabicWebFonts = freedom from a handful of poorly designed Arabic system fonts that make any website look bad
Readability: for text, go for typefaces with open counters and wide spacing.
Ready to use: Palatino Sans Arabic (friendly, informal, great for young audience)
Ready to use: Karim (calligraphic, elegant, traditional, bookish)
Ready to use: Mitra (lively Naskh, energetic, youngish looking, very nicely drawn)
Ready to use: Badiya (modern Naskh, low contrast, steady and grounded)
Ready to use: Frutiger Arabic (friendly, professional, short runs of text)
Ready to use: Neue Helvetica Arabic (Neutral, professional, short runs of text)
Ready to use: Univers Next Arabic (Neutral, professional, short runs of text)
Ready to use: Neo Sans Arabic (modern, hip, short runs of text)
If you follow the #ArabicWebFonts you’ll find a bit more information concerning questions that people had sent in. For now, I hope this has been helpful!