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Re: [Debian-in-workers] Re: GTK frontend update and maybe time for an experimental netinst cd?

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În data de 2005-09-12 13:15:42, Eddy Petrişor a scris:
> > What about a realy special font that contains _only_ the glyphs
> > necessary to display all the countries' names?
> >
> > Then load the font, when necessary into the RAM, from the CD?
> >
> This way we'll need to include only that font package udeb in the
> initrd, since other fonts will be retrived later from cdrom, right?

Exactly :)

This surely sounds like an ugly hack. Taking into consideration the time and effort it takes to make a nice font, who will waste their artistic energy for something like this?

> This could be a good idea: is this possible to do? and WHO is going
> to do it?

I have a link, and if he is not able to do it, he might point us to
someone who can.

However, in this thread someone mentioned the solution in which the app is intelligently enough to search for the missing glyphs from the main font in other available fonts. This is feasible, but the results may well be quite ugly.

The nice solution would be if somehow you'll be able to provide the right font for every locale. Then carefully choose a small set of fonts with good coverage of the Unicode range (complementary coverage if possible, for the sake of optimization). And please don't choose ugly fonts that have good coverage. Look for the nice fonts (even with limited coverage) with beautifully crafted glyphs for the languages of most users (English, Spanish, Chinese, French, Arabic, Russian, German, Japanese, Korean etc.) I highly recommend the DejaVu fonts for latin european languages (they are derived from the Bitstream Vera family). There should be some free and nice looking Arabic, CJK and Slavic fonts in Debian too, and with these set of fonts you will be covering more then 98% of the users.

> i suppose we'll have to tell fontconfig to use the proper fonts
> instead of the hacky-one after they are loaded from cd, too: is > there any fontconfig expert here?

Mişu Moldovan added two glyphs to ttf-dejavu font, so he has some
experience with font editing, but he is no guru and I am not sure he
has the time

I sure ain't no fontconfig expert, although I've added Romanian specific glyphs to some fonts in the past, but this a different matter. Sorry!

Just my 0,02€,

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