[arch-dev-public] Scim and arphic fonts update in [testing]

Eric Bélanger snowmaniscool at gmail.com
Sat Mar 7 16:27:09 EST 2009

On Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 10:59 PM, Eric Bélanger <snowmaniscool at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've just updated several scim-related packages. They are in the
> [testing] repo. The updated packages are:
> anthy
> libchewing
> libhangul
> scim
> scim-anthy
> scim-chewing
> scim-tables
> uim
> scim-uim (no update, just rebuild against uim 1.5.5)
> As I don't use these packages (I believe no dev use them either), I
> could only do  minimal testing.  It would be nice if users of these
> packages test them and report if they work properly or if there are
> problems with them.
> I've also updated (in [testing] repo) the Arphic fonts:
> ttf-arphic-ukai and ttf-arphic-uming
> There are two points about these fonts:
> 1. According to upstream:
> "This release contains Firefly's Bitmap fonts. The Bitmap fonts are available
> for 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 pixel and currently cover Big5 and GB2312.
> HKSCS is currently not supported as there are many more characters missing.
> So, for Big5 and GB2312 characters the bitmap glyphs should improve the
> rendering, but for all other characters, the rendering is the same like
> without bitmap glyphs."
> I might be nice to get comments about someone using these fonts to see
> if the ttf-fireflysung package is indeed no longer needed
> (http://bugs.archlinux.org/task/8951).
> 2.  The updated ttf-arphic-* packages in testing provide the fonts as
> a TrueType Collection, i.e. the fonts come in 4 flavors (CN, HK, TW
> and TW MBE), with different glyph shapes according to the preferred
> shapes in each region (more info here:
> http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/CJKUnifonts/Download). As a
> result TeX users will encounter trouble using this font.  The
> following programs/libraries are known to not fully support TTC files
> and can usually only use the first fontface of the TTC:
> - jdk and openjdk6
> - imlib2 and applications which use imlib2.
> Again, I and probably none of the devs don't use these fonts so
> feedback from users would be nice.
> Eric

Did anyone had time to test them yet?


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