[Pkg-fonts-devel] Bug#652441: fonts-arabeyes: Japan is not appropriate font name.

Osamu Aoki osamu at debian.org
Sat Dec 17 10:22:40 UTC 2011

Package: fonts-arabeyes
Version: 2.1-3
Severity: normal

This font package has many TTF fonts in it.  These font data have very
generic names.

I think it is good idea for the maintainer to ask upstream to change
font name in line with common practice.

Usually Foundry name is prepended.
  AE Japan
  AE Jet
  AE Nice

Then these font shows up on application menu nicely too.

Also, it is not quite right to use word "Japan" for this font name which
has no actual tie to Japan.  At least, this is bad taste.

For the intended purpose based on the false understanding of Japanese
character style, words such as "Japanesque" is more appropriate and
acceptable.  So it should be "AE Japanesque".

I said false since this style is used for the roman characters in the
Chinese Restaurant in USA and elsewhere as a nice marketing gimmick to
be foreign.  Neither Japanese nor Chinese use Cuneiform characters.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuneiform which is more of middle-eastern
tradition.  Mixing middle-east with China, and then to Japan is quite
interesting twist of human imagination.

Since I can not communicate these facts and requests with upstream which
has an Arabic web page, I am sending this bug report here.  I appreciate
if the maintainer forward this to upstream.

Osamu (Japanese)

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