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Arabic calligraphy: phishing

Alex M. Andrew (Reading, UK)

Kybernetes

ISSN: 0368-492X

Article publication date: 17 June 2008

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to discuss a computational facility for generating Arabic script with its traditional elegance. Reference is also made to computer analysis of historic Ottoman documents which, unlike modern Turkish, use Arabic script. The paper also seeks to note aspects of ancient Arabic science. An account is to be given of the menace of “phishing” for personal details through spam messages.

Design/methodology/approach

The approach is to review developments on the internet, especially those of general cybernetic interest.

Findings

The computer generation of Arabic script fills a need that has existed since the beginning of movable‐type printing. Retrieval of Ottoman documents is valuable historically and presents a technical challenge. Arabic science was in many ways more advanced than is widely realised.

Practical implications

Possibilities for computer typesetting are artistically and usefully extended. “Phishing” has to be seen as a serious menace.

Originality/value

It is hoped that this will be a valuable periodic review.

Keywords

Citation

Andrew, A.M. (2008), "Arabic calligraphy: phishing", Kybernetes, Vol. 37 No. 6, pp. 729-731. https://doi.org/10.1108/03684920810876927

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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