[Fontconfig] Request for implementing font substitution for CJK fonts

BlissSam m13253 at hotmail.com
Wed May 30 21:20:01 PDT 2012

Hello fontconfig, I am a Simplified Chinese user, and I want font substitution for CJK fonts to be implemented.

Most Chinese fonts are mainly divided into four styles:
  1. Song (Pronounced `soon'), serif, also called `Ming' in Taiwan and Hong Kong, `Mincho' in Japan, `Batang' in Korea)
  2. Hei, sans-serif, also called `Meiryo' in Japan, `Dotum' in Korea
  3. Kai, brush handwriting style, likely to be serif
  4. FangSong, likely to be sans-serif
  5. Others such as Li, Wei, etc, is not discussed here.

I have sorted these fonts according to my preference, however, I do not know a lot about what fonts users in TW, HK, JP, or KR prefer.

  WenQuanYi Micro Hei (Free font)
  WenQuanYi Zen Hei   (Free font)
  Hiragino Sans GB    (Used in OS X Lion as default)
  Microsoft Yahei     (Used in Windows Vista and above as default)
  STHeiTi             (Used in iOS as default, in OS X and in Windows)
  SimHei              (Used in Windows)
  Droid Sans Fallback (Used in Android as default)

  STSong         (Used in OS X and in Windows)
  SimSun         (Used in Windows)
  AR PL UMing CN (Free font, this is the worst choice because Arphic's CN fonts are in TW style although it is marked `CN')

  STKaiti       (Used in OS X and in Windows)
  KaiTi         (Used in Windows Vista and above)
  KaiTi_GB2312  (Used in Windows XP and below)
  AR PL UKai CN (Free font)

  STFangsong      (Used in OS X and in Windows)
  FangSong        (Used in Windows Vista and above)
  FangSong_GB2312 (Used in Windows XP and below)

What I want to be implemented is, when one of the fonts is missing, fontconfig will search for others for substitution.
For example, if a document requires SimHei which is not installed currently, fontconfig may use WenQuanYi Micro Hei instead. And if Micro Hei is missing either, Zen Hei will be used.

Sincerely yours. 
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