I would like to change the font which is used in arabtex package

 \usepackage[LAE,T1]{fontenc}  %%LAE to avoid el5at el 3arabi el morakab


\<مخ يمين>

The output of this font is not easy for kids to read, as the letters are written so integrated with eachother

i would like to switch to a more simplified font like

مـخ يـمـيـن

is there any tipp


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Quoting from the arabtex manual, section 3.3 Font selection:

For producing the extended Arabic script ArabTeX uses a special strategy to build up character shapes from a collection of fragments, which normally do not correspond to individual character glyphs. Therefore none of the available free or commercial Arabic fonts can be used; we provide our own pseudo-fonts.

Is it an option to switch to the polyglossia package and xelatex as the compiler?

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  [Script=Arabic,Mapping=arabicdigits,Ligatures=TeX]{Simplified Arabic.ttf}
مخ يمين

Compile with xelatex. I think I downloaded the font from https://fontzone.net/font-details/simplified-arabic . Under Windows, it may be necessary to remove the extension, i.e., try \newfontfamily\arabicfont[...]{Simplified Arabic} (without ttf).

  • Thanks, that would help I would also appretiate if i can keep using the package arabtex and to compile using pdflatex, as changing that will affect some other parts in the document such as the tables and so on. Apr 22, 2017 at 17:28

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