Proposals for Arabic honorifics

Roozbeh Pournader roozbeh at
Thu Oct 9 11:12:26 CDT 2014


I'm the author of L2/14-147. Nice to see you interested in the topic. It
would be great to have more samples of the usage of these characters.

Feel free to send the samples you can find to me or as a separate proposal
document for the UTC, whichever way you prefer.
On Oct 9, 2014 7:32 AM, "Naz Gassiep" <naz at> wrote:

> Hi there,
> I was wondering how I can help on a particular issue.
> Currently, the Unicode spec has two Arabic honorifics, being U+FDFA and
> U+FDFB. There are also miscellaneous other phrases and formal marks. When
> authoring documents, I use the two (U+FDFA and U+FDFB) and then write out
> the various others that are needed in full manually. This leads to an
> inconsistent looking document, and my inner perfectionist grimaces every
> time.
> I note that there are proposals to add a wider range of Arabic honorifics
> as are commonly used. Proposals L2/14-147 and L2/14-152 would add a wide
> range of honorifics that are used extensively in texts that contain Arabic
> names of historical significance. The proposals do contain some examples,
> however I could provide more extensive examples in historical and
> contemporary texts. I have some experience using these characters and
> phrases, and would greatly like to see them included in the spec.
> Is there any way that I can help this process by providing examples of the
> real world usage of these honorifics and the frequency with which they are
> used? I would like to see these characters included not only to ease
> publication of Arabic material, but also to provide consistency in the way
> that these class of phrases are handled.
> Best regards,
> - Naz.
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