[Fontconfig] Why do asian fonts contain greek glyphs?
simos74 at gmx.net
Thu Sep 29 00:56:07 EST 2005
There is a nasty situation in the current configuration on fontconfig
that makes it really bad when displaying Greek.
For example, you get this issue when installing the latest Ubuntu Breezy
(Dev version) and it looks like
Why does Greek show like that? The characters are always slanted, big
space between them, and in general they are terrible.
New distributions have FreeFonts and MgOpen that support Greek.
<family>Bitstream Vera Sans</family>
<family>Nimbus Sans L</family>
<family>AR PL KaitiM GB</family>
<family>AR PL KaitiM Big5</family>
which means that fonts are searched in this order to find Greek glyphs.
It would be nice and perfect, unfortunately
1. Kochi Gothic
2. AR PL KaitiM GB
3. Baekmuk Dotum
have Greek glyphs and they get matched, before FreeSans gets the chance.
These Asian fonts appear to be double-spaced(?) and display Greek in a
way that native Greek speakers are not used to; it looks terrible.
a. How can we instruct fontconfig (fonts.conf) to ignore any Greek
glyphs found in those Asian fonts?
b. Is ignoring the Greek glyphs in those Asian fonts the correct path in
solving the problem?
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