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Writing Arabic in InDesign cs5 has not been a problem ever before, but today it started to annoy me, as I didn't do anything different than I usually do and didn't touch any settings, etc. Kerning is as it was before and has always been on 'zero'.

Even the letters that are joined (blue highlighted) - the attached picture are separating from one another!

I have InDesign CS5 for PC. It is not a Middle Eastern version.


This might be a shot in the dark, as I don't have the font you used, but have you checked your composer settings? You should use World-Ready Composer when typesetting in Middle Eastern / Eastern languages, or else the text will just be rendered as individual characters, and not a ligature.

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You can access this option by clicking on the fly-out menu of Paragraph panel and selecting one of the two World-Ready options (Single-line or Paragraph).

InDesign Composer options

Oh and, just a friendly advice: don't use pirated webfonts in DTP apps. They can cause more trouble than not.

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  • Thanks for your response. I followed your instructions, but sadly I can ONLY see: 'Adobe Paragraph composer' and 'Adobe Single-line composer'. As already mentioned, i didn't have this problem before in all my years working with in InDesign and nor have i fiddled with any settings, and it randomly started playing up.. – Namless Dec 11 '18 at 22:36

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