[Pkg-fonts-devel] Debian lenny supports all scripts in Unicode 5.1 except for parts of Han

Nicolas Spalinger nicolas_spalinger at sil.org
Wed Oct 15 21:13:44 UTC 2008

Paul Wise wrote:
> Hi all,
> I noticed that Debian lenny (main only) contains a full set of glyphs
> for each script in Unicode 5.0 (except for Han)!
> After recompiling gucharmap with Unicode 5.1 data, I see that lenny
> also has a full set of glyphs for each script in Unicode 5.1 (again,
> except for Han)!
> This is great news, Debian is now one step closer towards becoming the
> Universal Operating System!
> The recent upload of a newer unifont filled in a number of previously
> unsupported scripts, thanks to Paul Hardy for working on it.
> I've added this to the NewInLenny wiki page.

Well, if coverage is the only criteria then yes...
But IMHO there's still quite a lot of work left for quality coverage of
many blocks as new elements get added to the Unicode standard.

It's true that it's rather impressive to have this clever Unifont bitmap
generation system allowing such a wide coverage but in the end smoothly
drawn outlines will always look better than blocky bitmaps...
I think we also want the Universal Operation System to be of the highest
quality possible for as many language communities as possible.

BTW there are two packages patiently waiting for a kind DD to look at
them and upload them into experimental:


Nicolas Spalinger, NRSI volunteer

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