[Pkg-fonts-devel] Bug#473419: Bug#473419: Not suitable for Hepburn-romanization

Juhapekka Tolvanen juhtolv at iki.fi
Mon Mar 31 15:59:32 UTC 2008

On Mon, 31 Mar 2008, +18:38:10 EEST (UTC +0300),
Hideki Yamane <henrich at debian.or.jp> pressed some keys:

> On Sun, 30 Mar 2008 18:01:26 +0300
> Juhapekka Tolvanen <juhtolv at iki.fi> wrote:
> > This way you can see, how poorly this ffont performs, when it is used
> > for reading Japanese in Hepburn-romanization (hebonshiki roomaji):
> > 
> > You must have some locale that uses UTF-8 and everything else must be
> > UTF-8-clean. Give this command:
> > 
> > uxterm -fa 'VL Gothic' -fs 12 &
> > lynx http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hepburn_romanization
> > 
> > Whenever there is macron over vowel, you can see just box.
>  Yes, with uxterm, I can see just box.
>  But if I use gnome-terminal or xfce4-terminal, I can see all characters
>  that includes macron over vowel. Could you try it?

I bet those terminals have font-substitution mechanisms provided by
fontconfig. (u)xterm do not have it. You can even use virtual font
called "Monospace" in (u)xterm, but it uses only the first real font that
belongs to that virtual font. In most cases it is Bitstream Vera Sans
Mono or DejaVu Sans Mono.

BTW here are my kick-ass fontconfig-files for all japanophiles and
japanese people:



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