[Pkg-fonts-devel] Bug#820397: fonts-fantasque-sans: some glyphs unsuitable for programming

Ben Finney ben+debian at benfinney.id.au
Thu Apr 7 20:47:56 UTC 2016

Package: fonts-fantasque-sans
Version: 1.7~alpha.2~dfsg-2
Severity: normal
Tags: upstream

The font Fantasque Sans Mono is described as being suitable for
programmers. However, its glyphs fail to sufficiently distinguish
important characters.

In particular:

* The glyphs for accent characters <U+0060 `>, <U+00B4 ´> do not match
  correctly. They should be left-right mirror images, but instead the
  “grave” accent incorrectly looks like a single-open-quote glyph.

* The single-quote characters <U+0027 '>, <U+2018 ‘>, <U+2019 ’> have
  glyphs that are virtually indistinguishable. The <U+0027 '> glyph
  should not be left or right biased.

  By comparison, the double-quote characters <U+0022 ">, <U+201C “>,
  <U+201D ”> have conventional and sufficiently distinct glyphs.

There may be other glyphs which in this font are unhelpful to
programmers, but these have caught my attention.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: stretch/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 4.4.0-1-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_AU.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_AU.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8) (ignored: LC_ALL set to en_AU.UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

-- no debconf information

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Ben Finney <ben at benfinney.id.au>
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