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  1. Hello

    I am trying to find out any typographic rules for arabic typesetting. Do you happen to know any places which discuss arabic or right to left language typesetting rules ?

    • A Google search for “Arabic typesetting rules” turns up numerous resources. I wouldn’t be qualified to do a project like that (though I think it’s one of the most beautiful written languages in the world) so I’m afraid I can’t offer you any specifics.

  2. Interesting to know that standard paragraph indents were only the size of an “em”. Do you know if that’s the standard size for hanging indents on long lines of poetry as well?

    • I think I’d start with one em but the hanging indent starts the line in the right place; the eye doesn’t have to make a jump as it does when the indent is on the first line. Poetry offers plenty of latitude for typographic liberties so I’d eyeball this one and look for the “sweet spot.”

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