Bug 457094 - Upstream fix for missing Romanian glyphs in Type 1 fonts is now available
Summary: Upstream fix for missing Romanian glyphs in Type 1 fonts is now available
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: freetype
Version: 9
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Behdad Esfahbod
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
URL: https://savannah.nongnu.org/bugs/inde...
Depends On: 435737
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Reported: 2008-07-29 15:48 UTC by Vasile Gaburici
Modified: 2009-07-14 15:03 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2009-07-14 15:03:45 UTC
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Description Vasile Gaburici 2008-07-29 15:48:52 UTC
Description of problem, adapted from

PostScript Type 1 (PS1) fonts don't have a native Unicode map. Contrary to
popular belief, Type 1 fonts can store more than 256 glyphs in a pfb file, but
these can only be addressed by AGL name. At most 256 glyphs can be accessed by a
numeric index, for which various encodings schemes exist. A PS1 font can even
specify its own 8-bit encoding scheme in the afm file; this is common practice
for PS1 fonts targeting Central and Eastern Europe. The 8-bit encoding scheme is
irrelevant however for Unicode applications. Unicode-enabled libraries, like
freetype, define their own mapping from Unicode to AGL names, normally using the
list published by Adobe.

Adobe once decided that "t with cedilla" is not used in any language, so the AGL
name "Tcommaaccent", which is a glyph of T with a comma below, is actually
mapped by Adobe to the Unicode code point U+0162, which is supposed to represent
a t with cedilla. New OpenType fonts from Adobe also contain a glyph with the
AGL name "uni021A", which is visually identical to identical to "Tcommaaccent".
As you'd expect, "uni021A" is mapped to U+021A. Unfortunately, old PS1 fonts do
not a have a "uni021A" in their pfb. Thus, using the Adobe-provide AGL to
Unicode mapping for PS1 fonts, the code point U+021A remains unmapped.
Fontconfig will therefore choose to borrow the glyph from a another font, even
though the glyph is present in the pfb. This problem is illustrated by the
following OpenOffice screenshot:
[http://www.cs.umd.edu/~gaburici/oo/ro-font-test.png]. Practically all
PostScript type 1 fonts that ship with Fedora suffer from this problem.

Microsoft's Uniscribe automatically handles this issue by remapping U+21A/B to
U+162/3 when the former glyphs are missing. Unfortunately, the
Pango/fonconfig/freetype stack did't use to do this until 2008-07-27, so most
new Romanian documents cannot be displayed with Type 1 fonts properly. The extra
mapping has now been added in the CVS of freetype.

A test SRPM is available here:
Note that because it is built from CVS sources, it buildrequires libtool 2.2.4.

Comment 1 Vasile Gaburici 2008-07-29 16:03:32 UTC
If anyone is foolish enough (like me) to upgrade their libtool, a SRPM is here:

Comment 2 Bug Zapper 2009-06-10 02:17:11 UTC
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Comment 3 Bug Zapper 2009-07-14 15:03:45 UTC
Fedora 9 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2009-07-10. Fedora 9 is 
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