[Fontconfig] Noto Default

Pat Suwalski pat at suwalski.net
Tue May 9 17:22:19 UTC 2023

Which trends might those be?

The font "looks wrong" because Vera/Dejavu was made to match the font 
proportions of the default fonts on other platforms people are used to. 
The serif font in Noto has these very strange inconsistencies in 
thickness, and all of the fonts in the series seem to have significantly 
inferior hinting. All in all, a downgrade.

If it's installed, it can be used, but why make it default? In my case, 
and probably that of many others, this agonizing set of fonts pulled in 
by a dependency for a package that isn't even there by default, and then 
the system default changes magically to use them; the UI changes 
appearance, web pages look different, etc.

The override worked, thanks.


On 2023-05-08 03:42, Akira TAGOH wrote:
> Not particularly, but as per the trends.
> Well, I can't show you a specific proposal/workaround for you because
> I have no idea what "looked wrong".
> In general, you can put this into your
> $HOME/config/fontconfig/fonts.conf or something to make your
> preferable font default:
> <fontconfig>
>    <alias>
>      <family>sans-serif</family>
>      <prefer><family>Your Preferable Font Name</family></prefer>
>    </alias>
> </fontconfig>
> Hope this helps,
> On Tue, May 2, 2023 at 11:29 PM Pat Suwalski <pat at suwalski.net> wrote:
>> Is there some history about why Noto was made default as per:
>> https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/fontconfig/fontconfig/-/merge_requests/208
>> I was unpleasantly surprised upon upgrading to Ubuntu 23.04 that
>> everything looked wrong.
>> Now I need to find a way to override this 60-latin.conf file somehow on
>> all my installations.
>> --Pat

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