[Pkg-fonts-devel] Proposal for Ghostscript fonts (Re: Dropping defoma hints files: current proposed changes)

Kenshi Muto kmuto at debian.org
Thu Jan 14 06:40:53 UTC 2010

At Thu, 14 Jan 2010 12:14:43 +0900,
Hideki Yamane wrote:
> On Sun, 10 Jan 2010 19:15:09 +0900
> Kenshi Muto <kmuto at debian.org> wrote:
> > After my observation, I believe current fontconfig support of 
> > Ghostscript won't work on (at least) CJK<Chinese, Japanese,
> > and Korean> environment.
>  If we are not able to use Ghostscript in CJK (well, maybe more) environment,
>  what's wrong with that? Can't I print out files at all? or cannot use TeX?
>  Sorry, I don't know about Ghostscript so much.

Case by case.

First, Ghostscript is the Postscript interpreter.

Postscript allows embedding fonts.
Here I call Postscript file with embedded fonts as 'embedPS', and
Postscript file without embedded CJK fonts (refer external actual
CJK fonts) as 'extCJKPS'.

embedPS: You can preview it without CJK support.
         You can print it to any printers without CJK support.
         Modern softwares such as Pango, OpenOffice, and Iceweasel
         export embedPS for the printing format.

extCJKPS: You cannot preview it without CJK support. You'll see blank or
          You cannot print if your printer doesn't support CJK Postscript.
          Legacy softwares such as TeX, a2ps, and so on still produce
          only extCJKPS.

> > So I'd like to propose 'update-gsfontmap'.

> > Only CJK font or Type1 font maintainers will use this...and only if
> > they want to provide a font to Ghostscript :)
>  Well, so "J" means me, right? :) 


>  And Which is "Type1" font?

You don't need to care about 'Type1'. Type1 is Latin Postscript
font format.

Kenshi Muto
kmuto at debian.org

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