I have this letterhead title in Hebrew, English, and Arabic, in which I set the English to Small Caps (that is, the first letter is a big capital, the rest are small). Now, in Hebrew, the letters are generally squarish, so they're kind of like small caps already (although there's no equivalent of the large cap). In Arabic, however, many/most letters are at half-height (e.g. و and د), while other rise well above the x-height, e.g. ال which denotes a definite article. But ال is not like a big cap at all, and the rest of my text looks so low(ly) compared to the English small caps.
What do I do?
- Here is an example of Arabic in boxed letter-forms. It's not what I would be looking for, but does illustrate how Arabic type is amenable to many (acceptable) kinds of stretching, shaping and manipulation.
- Suggestions such as "Do something entirely different than small caps" are not entirely irrelevant, but I would rather stick to my original whim.
- I can't just have the script in every language be set in a different style altogether, consistent only with the custom for titles in that language.