Description of problem:
The lowercase BE (U+0431, б ) looks incorrect. It looks like Greek lowercase delta δ. This is related to this change https://pagure.io/liberation-fonts/c/607af724740a2daf868b4d2b731d58bf1f5b46a7?branch=master and bug 657849
While those changes may matter for Serbian, the Macedonian BE in regular fonts actually looks same as the Russian. ONLY in italic fonts the delta look is applicable, because italic fonts kinda look like handwriting.
Note that if you open the page for Cyrillic alphabet or the Cyrillic BE on wikipedia, it states incorrect and uncited info about this, Macedonian and Serbian shape of BE is different.
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Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install harfbuzz and liberation2
2. Run the following commands
hb-view --language=mk LiberationSerif-Regular.ttf б
hb-view --language=mk LiberationSans-Regular.ttf б
hb-view --language=mk LiberationMono-Regular.ttf б
hb-view --language=mk LiberationSerif-Bold.ttf б
hb-view --language=mk LiberationSans-Bold.ttf б
hb-view --language=mk LiberationMono-Bold.ttf б
Alternative way to trigger is to:
1. Open libeoffice (Liberation Serif is selected by default)
2. Write: б
3. Select that and change the paragraph language to Macedonian.
I see the delta
Should have the standard "six" shape, not "delta" shape
hb-view --language=en LiberationSerif-Regular.ttf б
hb-view --language=en LiberationSans-Regular.ttf б
hb-view --language=en LiberationMono-Regular.ttf б
hb-view --language=en LiberationSerif-Bold.ttf б
hb-view --language=en LiberationSans-Bold.ttf б
hb-view --language=en LiberationMono-Bold.ttf б
Created attachment 1430590 [details]
Fixes Macedonian Cyrillic BE in Regular and Bold
I'd say that the delta will surprise even Serbian readers, as pointed here https://ask.libreoffice.org/en/question/60778/problem-with-cyrillic-letter-b-in-linux/
It would be better to completely disable the delta in Regular and Bold even for Serbian until it gets a better shape. It should not look like Greek delta.
If you open official orthography documents of Macedonian and Serbian language, you will see that BE is written with the six look not the delta look.
Here is Macedonian orthography, scroll to page 13/368 http://www.pravopis.mk/sites/default/files/Pravopis-2017.PDF
Here is Serbian orthography, scroll to page 18 http://repo.etfovac.com/srpski-jezik/Pravopis%20MS_2010.pdf
Basically, the delta should be completely gone from the Regular and Bold.
Can this get fixed sooner? The patch is already there https://pagure.io/liberation-fonts/pull-request/21
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 29 development cycle.
Changing version to '29'.
liberation-fonts-2.00.5-1.fc30 has been submitted as an update to Fedora 30. https://bodhi.fedoraproject.org/updates/FEDORA-2019-c695290fda
liberation-fonts-2.00.5-1.fc30 has been pushed to the Fedora 30 testing repository. If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
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You can provide feedback for this update here: https://bodhi.fedoraproject.org/updates/FEDORA-2019-c695290fda
liberation-fonts-2.00.5-1.fc30 has been pushed to the Fedora 30 stable repository. If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.