[Pkg-fonts-devel] PackageKit support

Nicolas Spalinger nicolas_spalinger at sil.org
Tue Dec 2 09:30:05 UTC 2008


> The data provided to apt could be as coarse or as fine as needed; font
> supports unicode scripts xyz, font supports unicode blocks xyz, font
> supports unicode codepoint ranges xyz.
> BTW, how does the RPM world propose to implement this?

AFAICT it's pango/freetype/fontconfig underneath which isn't

fontconfig has "orthographies": i.e. matching of codepoints to
languages: http://cgit.freedesktop.org/fontconfig/tree/fc-lang

Nicolas Mailhot - Fedora font packager extraordinaire - would probably
know if they intend to rely on extra info in the packaging metadata or
simply grab the font coverage info from the fonts automatically and put
them somewhere else.

Until we redo many of our open font packages maybe we could have a
separate database with this info?  Somehow put fc-lang output in our
review script, maybe?

Not quite sure how the fallback mechanism is designed to work...

> Also, what data does packagekit provide to the distro backend? Unicode
> blocks? Lists of Unicode code points?
>> Cheers,
> Thanks for working on packagekit!

Indeed a *huge thank you* for your work on this.
This is incredibly useful :-)


Nicolas Spalinger, NRSI volunteer

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