Re: [alreq] Drafting “justification”

I don’t think making a distinction between the tatweel encoded 
character and the kashida as a justification device is that helpful. 
The encoded character can probably be traced back to early computer 
systems where every glyph was an encoded character, which in turn can 
be traced to the metal typesetting practices of using using kashida 
sorts with different widths for justification (among other methods 
like alternate glyphs and varying word spacing). So IMHO they are the 
same thing, just done differently for different media (calligraphy vs 
metal type vs early computing systems vs modern ones) and I don’t 
think we should put much emphasis on the differences, they are just 
implementation details.

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