Description of problem:
There is lot of extra spaces above and below text and the user experience is poor compared to english locale.
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Steps to Reproduce:
1. Select any Indic locale from login screen (eg Malayalam)
2. observe size of desktop panel
3. open any window and observe size of title bar
title bar and panel size is bigger with lot of spaces above and below text compared to english locale in the same resolution
similar experience like english locale
Created attachment 412760 [details]
screenshot with en_IN locale
Created attachment 412761 [details]
screenshot with ml_IN locale
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Created attachment 413942 [details]
ligature describing need for extra space below and above
this is not metacity issue, this is problem from fonts
reason behind this is font metrics of Meera
Rachana: Ascent: 1638, Descent: 410
Meera: Ascent: 1147, Descent: 901
Lohit: Ascent: 650, Descent: 374
some ligature of Meera requires this space
see bug #523454
I don't think it is specific to Meera of Malayalam, we noticed problems with Panjabi and Telugu as well. Latin characters along with Panjabi was even getting cut at the bottom.
Title bar is of expected size with other fonts, but we need to fix it for Meera as well.
We know Ascent and Descent of Meera differs from other fonts, but if you look at the values you have given, even though the Descent is more Ascent is proportionally less. So how would that affect this bug?
metacity calculates the text height == pango_font_metrics ascent (metrics) + descent (metrics) and my understanding is the metacity is right.
Should this bug be reassigned?
for Meera this can be fixed by changing the fontconfig configuration.
current configuration is,
<edit name="matrix" mode="assign">
<times> and </times> should be removed.
Praveen can you attach images, showing the difference?
Created attachment 422867 [details]
with <times> tag
Created attachment 422869 [details]
without <times> tag
fixed in smc-fonts-04.2-8.el6
tag <times> removed from fonts
tested Package: smc-meera-fonts-04.2-11.el6.noarch
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