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Re: Language support

On Wed, 17 Nov 1999, Keita Maehara wrote:

> From: Michael Sobolev <mss@transas.com>
> Subject: Re: Language support
> Date: Mon, 15 Nov 1999 23:51:48 +0300
> > 3.  We do need fonts to display those messages.  12 of them are using latin
> >     characters of some kind plus Russian that uses KOI8-R, plus Japanese that
> >     uses something quite special :).  LatArCyrHeb covers 13 languages, what
> >     gives us 4K plus a couple of Ks for acms (that are needed!).  I do not
> >     know how large Japanese fonts are.
> > 
> > That's all.  This gives 170K without Japanese stuff.  Is it too much?  I heard
> > there were successful experiments with 2,8M images.  These are certainly
> > suitable for CD booting.  We must provide multilanguage installation in this
> > case, though we may want to provide a special image (root disk??) for every
> > supported language.
> With regard to Japanese, font size wouldn't be a problem. The package
> "konfont" provides Japanese fonts which are used to display Japanese
> characters on console with the package "kon2".
> % ls -l /usr/share/fonts/kon
> -rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1343 May 20  1999 pubfont.a.gz
> -rw-r--r--    1 root     root       114095 May 20  1999 pubfont.k.gz
> Yes that's too large for one language, however we'll be able to
> extract the characters really used in the installation process (namely
> characters used in ja.po messages) and create tiny fonts. So we can
> assume that's something like the worst case.
> The real problem is how we can display Japanese on console. Currently
> console-tools doesn't support Japanese. And kon2 described above
> doesn't work for all archs. Another promising method is to use the
> package "jfbterm", a framebuffer-based multilingual terminal (but
> needs extra disk space (not so much though) and framebuffer-enabled
> kernel-image of course).

May be we could make a japanese rescue disk?

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