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Re: Default font: Transition from DejaVu to Noto

Quoting Gioele Barabucci (2023-09-12 09:19:26)
> On 12/09/23 08:24, Fabian Greffrath wrote:
> > Instead, even
> > the fonts-noto-core package installs a full pack of 268 (!) font files.
> > This is discussed in detail in #983291 [1].
> The issues is not that there are too many files, but that these files 
> become extra entries in font pickers (1 entry for every ~3 files).
> Why not collapse all these font files into a few new font files using 
> fontforge or a variant of nototools's merge_fonts.py?
> For example Noto Serif {Ahom, Bengali, Devanagari, Malayalam, Tamil, 
> Thai, …} could be merged into "Noto Serif Asia". Then, Noto * {Africa, 
> America, Asia, Europe, Oceania, Symbols} could be shipped in the 
> fonts-noto-aggregated package and their entries added to Debian's 
> fontconfig as default fallbacks. This would greatly alleviate the 
> problem of having too many entries in the font pickers, yet provide the 
> same coverage of fonts-noto-core.

Please discuss that proposal with the Noto project upstream, not here.

My understanding (and I believe documented somewhere too, e.g. in the
Noto CJK subproject which is the most extreme in amount of glyphs) is
that it is technically impossible to join all glyphs due to limitations
of the font formats.

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