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

Eric Bélanger snowmaniscool at gmail.com
Mon Mar 16 15:47:43 EDT 2009

On Tue, Mar 10, 2009 at 12:45 PM, Firmicus <Firmicus at gmx.net> wrote:
> Eric Bélanger a écrit :
>> 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?
>> Eric
> I just tested scim to input Chinese with pinyin method and it works
> fine. I don't use the other scim-related pkgs. I have tested the Arphic
> fonts rather superficially, but at first sight they are just ok (tested
> in gedit and with xetex).
> NB: These TTC fonts won't be a problem for XeTeX users (xetex is part of
> texlive-core), and other TeX users actually use the Postscript versions
> of the same fonts that come with texlive-lang-cjk.
> F

I received other testers' reports by personnal email or the bug
tracker (there was a couple of very minor bugs that were fixed last
week: a scim problem with java clients and gnome-panel is now an
optdepends for uim) and everything seems to be working fine. I've just
moved the packages in extra. If there are problems, submit a bug
report. Thanks to all the testers.

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