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Just for FYI, a proposed patch was added to bug 61553 for the Chinese
font conf in 65-nonlatin.conf.
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WenQuanYi Zen Hei is prioritised above Japanese fonts for Japanese
Status in Fontconfig:
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(I hope I've picked the right place to start with reporting this bug.
I find fontconfig and CJK font selection issues in general quite
In Karmic, running firefox seems to pick a non-Japanese font for displaying Japanese web pages. (You can tell because the preferred character styles are somewhat different.) This used to work in Jaunty, but Karmic makes a worse font choice.
[Details: I have LANG=en_GB.UTF-8 but also PANGO_LANGUAGE=en;ja to tell Pango to guess Japanese if it has to guess. I'll attach the result of running a firefox with FC_DEBUG=1 and looking at a sample page with problems; you can see it asking for a font with 'lang: "ja"' and getting back "WenQuanYi Zen Hei", so I don't think firefox is at fault here.]
This seems to be because if we ask fontconfig for a "Sans" font for
Japanese text it gives back the ttf-wqy-zenhei one instead:
$ fc-match Sans:lang=ja
wqy-zenhei.ttc: "WenQuanYi Zen Hei" "中等"
I do have Japanese fonts installed:
$ fc-list :lang=ja
WenQuanYi Zen Hei Mono,文泉驛等寬正黑,文泉驿等宽正黑:style=Medium,中等
WenQuanYi Zen Hei,文泉驛正黑,文泉驿正黑:style=Medium,中等
VL PGothic,VL Pゴシック:style=regular
VL Gothic,VL ゴシック:style=regular
(and if you don't ask for a Sans font you get back one of those:
$ fc-match :lang=ja
ttf-japanese-gothic.ttf: "VL Gothic" "regular"
I think that if the application is asking for a font to display
Japanese text in, then all Japanese fonts should be prioritised above
any of the other CJK fonts...
Date: Fri Feb 12 20:02:59 2010
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.10
Package: ttf-wqy-zenhei 0.8.38-1ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.31-17.54-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.31-17-generic i686
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