The Development of Alphabet "Aravrit"

Have you ever noticed that you can still read the lines of the newspaper cut in half by the page fold? Or when scrolling down a screen you can still figure out what is written there even if the letters are partially hidden? That's because readers of the Latin Alphabet utilize the tops of letters to recognize them. 


It doesn't only work with the Latin Alphabet. An Israeli typeface designer, Liron Lavi Turkenich, found that Arabic speakers also look at the top of letters, while Hebrew speakers look at the bottom of the letters. This revelation inspired her to combine the top of the arabic letters with the bottom of hebrew letters in a way that would be easily understood by both populations. The resulting “Aravrit,” alphabet unites two alphabets separated by over three thousand years, since their respective Aramaic based ancestors split apart. This will eliminate the need for multilingual signage, menus and possibly even books and newspapers. More important, it's seen as an important step in bridging the culture and communications gap between Israeli Jews and Arabs. 


And “Aravrit,” is not the only one. Daniel Grumer has also developed a typeface combining the two alphabets. “Abraham,” is a dual-alphabet font “which aims to display both languages in a visually equitable manner.” Now the main issue going forward is developing a way to automate the language so that it can be used by everyone.