Bug 212226 - Polish characters don't fit in all the "Sans" fonts.
Polish characters don't fit in all the "Sans" fonts.
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: freetype (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Behdad Esfahbod
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Reported: 2006-10-25 14:40 EDT by Leszek Matok
Modified: 2008-05-06 12:32 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2008-05-06 12:32:56 EDT
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demonstration of broken Sans Regular (29.38 KB, image/png)
2006-10-25 14:45 EDT, Leszek Matok
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demonstration of broken Sans Bold (29.18 KB, image/png)
2006-10-25 14:46 EDT, Leszek Matok
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Description Leszek Matok 2006-10-25 14:40:49 EDT
My system is FC6 upgraded from FC5 with apt. I know this isn't a supported
method, so reject the bug if you wish, it's okay with me, I'll try to reproduce
it on an Anaconda-upgraded system :)

The problem will be illustrated using two screenshots of font selector from
gnome-font-properties. Both show the default (!) test string for the Polish
locale. As you will see, local characters being just a version of some latin
char with a dot/acute/whatever, have different sizes. Only some of them are used
in the preview text, but others are equally or even more (especially "ł") ugly.
This happens to all the "sans" fonts except one (can't remember, which one; it
was Nimbus or Luxi).

Every GNOME program on my desktop uses those fonts, looking really, really bad.

There are many fonts working with less problems, but it seems to me that every
single one has some rendering problems resulting in differences between "A" and
"Ą" (I'm typing this using standard "Monospace 10", where both letters are the
same size, but there's an additional grey dot on top of "Ą").

The screenshots are made with freetype-2.2.1-10.fc6. This is what I get with
FC6. Downgrading to FC5's freetype-2.1.10-5.2.1 seems to fix the issue.
Comment 1 Leszek Matok 2006-10-25 14:45:34 EDT
Created attachment 139379 [details]
demonstration of broken Sans Regular
Comment 2 Leszek Matok 2006-10-25 14:46:54 EDT
Created attachment 139380 [details]
demonstration of broken Sans Bold
Comment 3 Leszek Matok 2006-10-25 16:39:34 EDT
A friend of mine confirms that the same happens with FC6 upgraded from FC5 with
Anaconda. I'd be surprised if fresh installs were any better.

Meanwhile I tried freetype from FC5 with BCI enabled and this one wins in every
comparison (with "slight" hinting it looks marvelous). Rebuilding FC6's freetype
with BCI doesn't change anything WRT my issues.
Comment 4 Behdad Esfahbod 2006-10-25 21:45:04 EDT
Is this the same bug as bug 210491?
Comment 5 Leszek Matok 2006-10-26 01:26:00 EDT
I can't read greek, but after looking at the screenshots I think it may be a
duplicate. Screenshots attached to bug 210491 show grey pixels above letters
(which I was complaining about already) and the one linked from
freedesktop.org's bugzilla shows different letter sizes in both bold and regular
Sans. I'm now on the CC list of that bug, so you can safely mark this one as a
duplicate and I'll scream loud if #210491's fix won't fix Polish installation.
Comment 6 Alexei Podtelezhnikov 2006-12-02 14:05:51 EST
Bug 212170 is along the same lines of breakage but for Cyrillic.
Freetype 2.2.1 is just no good. Upstream developers claim that 2.2.2 will be 
much better. Here is their truly beautiful latest developments
Comment 7 Alexei Podtelezhnikov 2007-04-05 19:02:55 EDT
I have built and uploaded freetype-2.3.3 RPMS for Fedora Core 6.


I will be wasting my web space for a month until May 5, 2007
unless there is an official update.   
Comment 8 Bug Zapper 2008-04-04 00:06:43 EDT
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Comment 9 Bug Zapper 2008-05-06 12:32:55 EDT
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