DejaVu fonts (Was: Ethiopean)

Sergey Udaltsov sergey.udaltsov at
Wed Aug 22 05:42:12 EDT 2007


When you replace simplified fonts with the full version: are you able
to input Ethiopean with the code provided?


On 8/22/07, Bernardo Innocenti <bernie at> wrote:
> (I'm moving to devel@ so we don't need to Cc too many people)
> Bernardo Innocenti wrote:
> > Sergey Udaltsov wrote:
> > > I cannot tell you which font was used by my Ubuntu - I just see those
> > > glyphs rendered more of less correctly (see attached). If you're
> > > interested, I can provide you with the list of fonts I have installed.
> >
> > I see them just fine in Firefox on my F7 development machine, but not on
> > the laptop.  Weird...
> It turns out that the DejaVu font has the Ethiopian glyphs, but
> there's also a simplified font called DejaVuLGC which is what
> we're shipping on the OLPC.
> I just talked with Walter and J5 and we agreed that it makes no sense
> to ship a huge font with all glyphs when we're already going to have
> a custom images for each country where we can easily add language
> specific fonts.
> But now I looked at DejaVu to see how bigger it is and it seems to
> me that it's not worth it after all:
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 448K 2007-08-11 07:42 DejaVuLGCSans.ttf
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 557K 2007-08-11 07:42 DejaVuSans.ttf
> The RPMs for the complete DejaVu font are even *smaller*:
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2.0M 2007-08-11 07:43 dejavu-fonts-2.19-1.fc8.noarch.rpm
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 3.3M 2007-08-11 07:42 dejavu-lgc-fonts-2.19-1.noarch.rpm
> (but that's because DejaVuLGC also comes with Condensed variants).
> So, is there another reason why we couldn't just switch to it?
> Currently, we're shipping arabic and thai fonts in all builds.
> If the DejaVu support for these languages is good enough, we
> could save even more space.
> --
>    // Bernardo Innocenti
>  \X/

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