[Fontconfig] fontconfig 2.2.3 only works with iso8859-1
otaylor at redhat.com
Sat Feb 26 01:45:44 EST 2005
Haakon Riiser wrote:
> I have a collection of old bitmap fonts (BDF format) that I'd like
> to use with fontconfig. The problem is that the fonts' glyphs
> are replaced with some other system font when CHARSET_REGISTRY
> and CHARSET_ENCODING is not equal to "ISO8859" and "1". I tried
> setting LC_ALL to all sorts of things, but that didn't have
> any effect. The fonts in question are in IBM codepage 437; in
> this particular case, I could just edit the fonts and specify
> ISO8859-1, but I don't understand why I have to lie about the
> charset to please fontconfig.
> Is this a bug, or can I fix it by editing ~/.fonts.conf or
> something like that? Btw, my OS is Slackware Linux 10.1, which
> uses X.org 6.8.1.
Neither a bug nor something you can fix without reencoding the
fonts to Unicode (ISO10646-1). fontconfig only supports a couple of
encodings other than Unicode.
The complexity and overhead to support all the encodings that BDF fonts
are found in just doesn't make sense considering their legacy
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