[Pkg-fonts-devel] Bug#862276: fonts-noto-cjk: I recommend spliting fonts-noto-cjk to make it become targeted and flexible

Jonas Smedegaard jonas at jones.dk
Thu May 11 07:51:19 UTC 2017

Quoting Gregor Riepl (2017-05-11 08:13:51)
> > I am a debian user and frome china mainland.Baeutiful fonts are too 
> > less in debian.But noto font is a good choice.However I find noto 
> > fonts are too large in debian software repository,more than 
> > 100MB.And I find it include Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, 
> > Korean and Japanese. But as a chinese, I hardlyever use Korean and 
> > Japanese.I believe most Korean and Japanese also need native 
> > language only.I suggest spliting this package named 
> > fonts-noto-cjk,and seperate package Simplified Chinese, Traditional 
> > Chinese, Korean and Japanese. It can reduce the package size,and 
> > more targeted, flexible, according to the need to install the 
> > required fonts.
> I'm not sure if splitting up the .ttc files would reduce their size 
> significantly.
> As you may know, these languages share a good deal of common glyphs, 
> at least as far as the standardised character sets go.
> For example, while the character 气 has a different Simplified 
> Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Japanese form, others like 木 are 
> exactly the same. So, if you cut off the language (or region) specific 
> characters, you would end up with a somewhat smaller file, but not by 
> much, since the resulting fonts would still have to contain the shared 
> glyphs. And if you (for whatever reason) need the complete CJK set, 
> you would have to install fonts with significant overlap.
> The only benefit may possibly come from splitting off the Hangeul set, 
> but I wonder if it's really worth the effort.
> Perhaps it may make more sense to separate the different font styles.

Please note that "the effort" only involves picking the fonts to package 
- the separation into regions is done already upstream.  According to 
their chart (which we may not agree with) the location-specific fonts 
are recommended for Linux: http://www.google.com/get/noto/help/cjk/

 - Jonas

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