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[Bug 2033377] Re: New whitespace between digits and colon in time at top of desktop screen


If I understand correctly the offending character is U+2236 ("RATIO")
(UTF-8: e2  88  b6) but that's part of the Unicode Mathematical
Operators block for which neither the new or old Ubuntu fonts have any
support. So it doesn't make sense to blame this on the Ubuntu fonts.

What I think is happening is:

* en_US and C fall back to some other font which has awkward spacing.

* en_GB and other translations change it to a regular colon in the
language-pack-gnome-en and language-pack-gnome-en-base packages.

While this approach seems to be very intentional:


I don't think it makes sense for the default locale to be displaying a
character that our fonts don't support and will trigger an unpredictable
fallback. So I'm going to recommend we just patch this to a regular
colon. Annoyingly this needs to be done in multiple locations per
translation (.po file) depending on the date/time format a section of
code is using.

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  New whitespace between digits and colon in time at top of desktop

Status in gnome-desktop package in Ubuntu:
Status in language-pack-gnome-en package in Ubuntu:
Status in language-pack-gnome-en-base package in Ubuntu:

Bug description:
  This has been confirmed in the daily canary image and the daily normal mantic image. This whitespace didn't exist in older images or in previous releases. An image will be attached in the comments
  ProblemType: Bug
  ApportVersion: 2.27.0-0ubuntu2
  Architecture: amd64
  CasperMD5CheckResult: pass
  CloudArchitecture: x86_64
  CloudID: none
  CloudName: none
  CloudPlatform: none
  CloudSubPlatform: config
  CurrentDesktop: ubuntu:GNOME
  DisplayManager: gdm3
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 23.10
  InstallationDate: Installed on 2023-08-30 (0 days ago)
  InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 23.10 "Mantic Minotaur" - Daily amd64 (20230829)
  Package: gnome-shell 44.3-1ubuntu1
  PackageArchitecture: amd64
   PATH=(custom, no user)
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 6.3.0-7.7-generic 6.3.5
  RelatedPackageVersions: mutter-common 44.3-1ubuntu1
  Tags: mantic wayland-session
  Uname: Linux 6.3.0-7-generic x86_64
  UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
  UserGroups: adm cdrom dip lpadmin plugdev sudo users
  _MarkForUpload: True

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