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June 13, 2000
Angel / Arabic Font
The following are what we call the vowel set in Angel
(but it also contains "ing" and "er")

The following are what we call the small Consonants
(because they are lowercase - small letters in the Angel/English Font)

The following are what we call the Large Consonants
(because they are uppercase - capital letters in the Angel/English Font)

This is is an attempt to analyze the use of Arabic as an Angel Script.

A. The idea to use Arabic was prompted by the fact that
the current Angel characters have the following deficiencies.

1. unaesthetic
2. difficult to scan
3. disturbing to people acquainted with Traditional Orthography
4. too similar to English for those who have an anti-English cultural bias
5. impossible to write cursively
6. detracts from Angel as being a separate language.

B. It was felt that Arabic would be a possible choice because

1. It is the language of Revelation
2. It is recognized and admired in Moslem cultures throughout the world.
3. It has a long calligraphic history and many established styles.
4. It is used phonetically.
5. It can be written rapidly - (cursively?)
6. It has a deep linguistic tradition, like Arabic numerals.

C. Further investigation of Arabic has disclosed that it too has
the following deficiencies.

1. While it is said to be phonetic,
it really does not have a much stronger claim to that than
T.O. English.

2. There is no single Arabic letter representation for each phoneme.

3. Some of the Arabic letters are use in combination to create a variety of phonemes.
The Aleph alone appears in 13 Angel phonemes.

4. There are only 29 letters in Arabic whereas Angel has 39 phonemes.

5. There are about one third of the Arabic phonemes
(as represented by Arabic letters)
that do not have an equivalent phoneme in Angel.

6. While English uses two cases (Upper and lower).
a. The upper case being used to start sentences and proper nouns
and sometimes for emphasis.
b. The lower case being used for body text.

Arabic has four cases.
a. A stand alone character.
b. A beginning of word character
c. A middle of the word character
d. An end of the word character

D. Given all these deficiencies I am continuing an examination of Arabic
for the following reasons.

1. It remains the language of Revelation and for this reason
its used should be encouraged so that the
world's population will more easily make the transition
to studying the texts of Revelation in their original form.

2. It might attract support for Angel (as an IAL)
from the world's geographically distributed Moslem population.

3. It might serve as some sort of Bridge annotation for those
from a Moslem background
who would be learning Angel.

E. The obvious problems at the moment are:

1. The problem of display and printing of the characters.
While I have not yet seen them I have however
seen intimations that there are word processors for this purpose
and that some web browsers such IE 4.0 have versions
that can display the existing text.

2. Whether even the above browsers and word processors
could display what I will call the Angel/Arabic font
is questionable.

3. Keyboard entry of the Angel/Arabic font would be another problem
although this might be overcome in two manners that I know of.
a. The re-assignment of the keys as we do for a Dvorak keyboard
b. A translation program that would take Roman Character entry
and convert it for display in an Angel/Arabic TrueType format.

The beauty of the present system is that one can write
in traditional English and the Angel Translator Program
will put the text into the present Angel Font.

A second translator program could then put into
Angel/Arabic with right to left printing.
Except for the character representation itself,
this would not be an arduous task to program.

The difficulty comes in developing a word processor
that would display in Angel/Arabic font and format.

4. As per C (2,3 and 4) if we are to represent the Angel phonemes
we must use an Arabic technique
similar to what we would call a diphthong in English.
if we are going to have a single letter to represent a single sound
(which is an INVIOLABLE Angel Principle)
then we must create new Angel/Arabic letters.

5. The new letters in 4 above will be used in a typesetting
rather than a calligraphic fashion.

6. The new Angel letters need to be created in an aesthetic fashion
that still retains the Arabic identity
so that they can be used in transition to Arabic.

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