[Pkg-fonts-devel] Bug#760966: Bug#760966: fonts-georgewilliams: the "monospace" font contains ligatures

Francesca Ciceri madamezou at zouish.org
Tue Sep 9 16:21:12 UTC 2014

Hi Adam, 

thanks for taking the time to report this.

On Tue, Sep 09, 2014 at 04:52:20PM +0200, Adam Borowski wrote:

> Package: fonts-georgewilliams
> Version: 20031023-1
> Severity: normal
> The "monospace" font has ligatures for some often occuring combinations,
> including "st", "ff" and "fi", and these are crammed within 1 character
> cell.  This not only looks ugly, making text hard to read, but also breaks
> alignment, displacing everything after such a ligature by 1 position.
> A ligature of width 2 might be acceptable.
> The basic rule for a fixed-pitch font is for every character to have width
> of its wcwidth() (1, 2 for CJK, 0 for combining/specials).  This font fails
> this requirement.

Ideally would be great to have this fixed upstream, this is why I'm
cc-ing George Williams (hopefully using the right mail address...).
As you can see here [1] this font hasn't been touched since 2002, so
it's a bit of a shot in the dark, but I'm trying anyway

> Also, this is quite nasty because fonts-georgewilliams installs itself as
> the default system monospaced font on machines where it's installed.

This has been reported as #760826, which I'm going as well to forward
upstream as also in this case would be great to have the change made
directly there.


[1]: http://fontforge.org/sfds/index.html

"There's no end of things I could read. The army of monkeys trying to
randomly re-create Shakespeare are filling the Internet with other stuff
Lars Wirzenius, Getting Things Done for Hackers
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