[Fontconfig] Heads up: Droid fonts update in Rawhide

Nicolas Mailhot nicolas.mailhot at laposte.net
Sun Jul 15 23:37:26 PDT 2012

>> On 07/15/2012 06:01 PM, Nicolas Mailhot wrote:
>>>>> C. I tried to dispatch the Arabic variants in the Latin family they
>>>>> were
>>>>> >> designed to complement, but I may have misunderstood the design
>>>>> info
>>>>> >> available online.
>>>> >
>>>> > Please clarify 'dispatch' :-)
>>> Kufi with Sans (masquerading as the Arabic block of Droid Sans) and
>>> Naskh
>>> with Serif the same way (see the long fontconfig ruleset I referenced)
>>> http://www.29arabicletters.com/foundry/?m=1-1-1&fid=26
>>> states Naskh was designed to complement Serif
>>> and
>>> https://code.google.com/p/chromium-os/issues/detail?id=17382
>>> that chromium uses Kufi with Sans
>> That may have been the case, but it is my personal understanding that we
>> should dispatch Naskh with both Sans and Serif.  Kufi is a horrible font
>> for
>> body text.
> So make kufi a separate family and keep the old droid sans arabic for
> sans? Or is it also horrible in some way?

BTW regardless of your answer here, with your former fontconfig maintainer
hat on, how do you make a font family masquerade as parts of two other
font families? If I understand the recipe you gave me for use in Fedora,
after Naskh has been morphed in Serif, it is not available anymore to
morph in Sans. That would be a useful operation to perform for cultures
which had not a western calligraphic separation culture


Nicolas Mailhot

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