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[Bug 670758] [NEW] Expansion: IPA and Combining Diacritcals to cover more Latin-based African languages


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Many characters used in African languages orthographies a currently missing from the Ubuntu font family.
Some are actually present in uppercase, for example Ɛ U+0190 is present but ɛ U+025B is missing.
Combining diacritics (U+0300, etc. and U+1DC4...1DC7) are also needed as many African languages use them.

For the combining diacritics, OpenType GPOS features need to be added
for correct positioning.

ɛ U+025B and ɔ U+0254 are used in the official alphabets of Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Tchad, and Cameroon, as well as other alphabets.
U+300 is used in the Pan-Nigerian alphabet (in Yoruba ẹ́ is used), or in any language using accented characters not in Unicode as precomposed form.

The ANLoc (African localisation) project has a list of characters uses in orthographies of African languages :
and a list of accented characters (not available as precomposed characters, i.e. using combining diacritics)

** Affects: fonts-ubuntu (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Wishlist
         Status: Incomplete

** Tags: uff-diacritical uff-ipa uff-latin
Expansion: IPA and Combining Diacritcals to cover more Latin-based African languages
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