[Pkg-fonts-devel] Bug#750884: Bug#750884: Pending fixes for bugs in the fonts-android package

Gunnar Hjalmarsson gunnarhj at ubuntu.com
Wed Jun 18 21:05:23 UTC 2014

2014-06-18 22:06, Fabian Greffrath skrev:
> Am Mittwoch, den 18.06.2014, 19:03 +0200 schrieb Gunnar Hjalmarsson: 
>> So the recipe does not make Droid Sans *the* preferred font. It just
>> gives Droid Sans fonts somewhat *higher* precedence, which made the
>> Chinese Ubuntu users happy.
> Please note that this does highly depend on the context of other
> fontconfig files.


> Debian, for example, does not have the language-select
> infrastructure that is mentioned in the bug report you sent me.

Right, but those fontconfig files installed by language-selector are
only effective in case of a Chinese locale. Hence they do not affect
what we are discussing here, i.e. possible adverse effects for users
with non-Chinese locales.

In Ubuntu we chose to install the fonts-droid package on all
installations. This was suggested by Chinese users, but since the Droid
Sans fonts cover a bunch of Asian and other non-latin scripts, it's
available for rendering other contents as well. There is an advantage
with that: Contents in more non-latin scripts are now decently rendered
by default. This can be - and is often - changed to other fonts for
non-latin languages, whose users so prefer, via language guarded
fontconfig recipes installed by other fonts packages.

As regards latin scripts, I'm reasonably convinced that the recipe we
discuss in this bug report does not change anything. But it  would be
great if you could do the same test on a Debian installation as I did on
an Ubuntu ditto.

Gunnar Hjalmarsson

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