[Fontconfig] Problem with webcore symbol fonts in 2.8+ (using pango)

Nicolas Mailhot nicolas.mailhot at laposte.net
Thu Aug 30 10:31:18 PDT 2012

Le Jeu 30 août 2012 18:42, Kieran a écrit :
> On 29/08/2012 04:41, Akira TAGOH wrote:
>> On Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 2:52 AM, Kieran <kieran.mccusker at kwest.info>
>> wrote:
>>> Hi
>>> I'm not sure if this is the right list but I'm using fc17 and have
>>> installed
>>> the Microsoft webcore fonts (using yum install
>>> webcore-fonts-3.0-1.noarch.rpm)
>>> the standard fonts are fine but the symbol fonts don't show any charset
>>> (and don't display any characters).
>> That result came from the Apple Roman cmap support in fontconfig and
>> removed since 2.9.0 because it caused a trouble. basically there are
>> nothing relationship to languages in symbol fonts and there are no way
>> to know what characters they have in Unicode unless they are Unicode
>> font or following any standard. so no charset in the result.
>> This is expected behavior in a symbol font.
> Hi
> Sorry for bothering this list again. My problem is that I want to use
> these fonts with pango.
> If I try to use pango-view --font="webdings" /etc/passwd on the fc14 box
> all is well. On the fc17 box it drops back to arial and in my
> application which produces PDFs it produces a little sqiggle. Is it
> possible to use these fonts using pango with the latest stack?

Regardless of the issues with webdings, why are you using non-unicode
proprietary symbol fonts on Fedora when it ships many libre symbol fonts
with unicode encoding? Is there a specific symbol libre fonts do not
provide? Unicode adoption on *nix is deep enough nowadays anything else
can only result in pain

Nicolas Mailhot

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