[Pkg-fonts-devel] RFH: ttf-wqy-zenhei, ttf-wqy-microhei and xfonts-wqy

Aron Xu aron at debian.org
Sat Jul 7 11:01:23 UTC 2012

On Sat, Jun 23, 2012 at 9:36 AM, Osamu Aoki <osamu at debian.org> wrote:
> Hi,
> I am not quite familiar with fonts-* package transition.
> ttf-wqy-zenhei is the package of which I was the last one to upload.
> As I understand, this font family is one of the most extensive one and
> popular one for Chinese.  Any help (including uploading in the new
> format) will be appreciated.

Thanks for your care! I'll keep an eye on those packages...

> xfonts-wqy and ttf-wqy-microhei are other variants which seem to be good
> candidates for update.  Although Zhengpeng Hou
> <zhengpeng-hou at ubuntu.com> is listed in the last one, I am pretty sure
> he welcome to move this to Debian Fonts Task Force
> <pkg-fonts-devel at lists.alioth.debian.org> as others.
> I still see x-ttcidfont-conf for ttf-wqy-microhei.  This goes against
> our release goal.

I had a very short talk with Zhengpeng online today and he appears to
be a little busy but still willing to not change the maintainership,
and he asked me to NMU the package in the mean time to address
x-ttfcidconf-conf problem. I'm uploading it now.

> These Wen Quan Yi fonts all come from: http://wqy.sourceforge.net/
> Please note the upstream fontconfig data is messy and causes headache
> for some packages.  Please keep patches to them when upgrading packages.
> Osamu

xfonts-wqy is having trouble right now - it simply does not work in
many cases because of encoding issue. I'm not quite sure about the
details but it was reported to be encoded as GBK right now, and
re-encode it to UTF-8 solves many problems. But I still need to hear
upstream inputs about the problem before taking any action to the

Last, I'd like to see if we can switch to use droidsans fallback as
recommended Chinese font for most Debian/Ubuntu users.
ttf-wqy-microhei was directly derived from an older version of
droidsans fallback, the project's initial aim was to have better
coverage which is not a problem now - actually droidsans fallback is
better both for coverage and quality. But there's still some problems
waiting someone to fix...

Aron Xu

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