[Fontconfig] Attitude to patches made by firefly

Ambrose Li acli at ada.dhs.org
Tue Nov 16 03:59:55 EST 2004

On Mon, Nov 15, 2004 at 07:33:13PM +0800, Xie Qian wrote:
> > * fontconfig-2.2.3-alllang-20041114.patch
> >    Some asian fonts include fonts more than one language
> >    family, i.e. ttc fonts
> Considering the Uni-Han problem, no CJK fonts can be
> acceptable in China mainland, Taiwan, Japan and Korea due to
> character shape diversity. Exclusive lang tag can be use to
> match most suitable CJK font. So this is a designed feature.

Personally, I find the "shape difference" argument (in the Han
unification process of Unicode) very weak.

Some months ago, I thought of modifying some public-licensed CJK
font. In the process, I found that Unicode assigned different
code points for Chinese and Japanese for some characters, but if
a radical is added, there is only one code point. This makes it
impossible to design fonts for more than one language. (This
certainly should be possible, since we Chinese are not so picky
about the shape differences, but the Japanese are more picky, so
we can just pick the so-called "Japanese" shapes when they differ
"too much".)

Also in the process, I found a number of different glyphs
(obviously for "shape differences" between different languages)
where I cannot notice any difference at all even if I look very
hard, or the difference is so small I can't believe even the
Japanese will complain.

My own conclusion is, to the Chinese, the "shape difference" is
an artificial myth. (After all, all these different shapes are
valid in Chinese, either as an old form, a variant form, or as
a "popular but written incorrectly" form.)

Personally, I think the "shape difference" criteria in the Han
unification process is misguided and counter-productive in

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