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Bug#306290: ITP: ttf-mph-2b-damase -- font with ranges from the latest version of unicode

On Sun, 2005-05-08 at 19:06 -0700, Stefan Baums wrote:

> Please do not package this font as is.

It has already been packaged, no-one has sponsored the upload yet [1].

BTW, thanks go to the three of you for the interesting discussion on
fonts :)

I'm not very familiar with OpenType/fonts, or editing them, so I'd have
to defer any changes to Mark.

I initially wanted to package Mark's MPH Yangon Burmese Unicode font,
but it had problems with freetype rendering the characters wrongly (they
became widely spaced), so I deferred that packaging until these problems
can be resolved and so I did Damase in order to learn how to package
fonts in the meantime. The freetype developers are looking into it, but
they don't have much time. If either of you could help diagnose this,
that would be excellent.

My motivation for this was to support Burmese Unicode on Burma Indymedia
[2] and in free software in general. Mark tells me that Longhorn will
support Burmese, so it would be good to beat them to it. I note that
there is a burmese keyboard map in xkb, but no locale information for
glibc (and no working "free" fonts). Initially, we plan to support
Burmese and Karen using the Wwin_Burmese and KNU ASCII-based fonts with
a WYSIWYG editor called HTMLArea, and later write a script to convert
from these fonts to Unicode. We have an organising list at [3].

1. http://mentors.debian.net/debian/pool/main/t/ttf-mph-2b-damase/
2. http://burma.indymedia.org
3. http://lists.indymedia.org/imc-burma-tech


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