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From Tim Ellison <t.p.elli...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [classlib][awt][doc] font properties files
Date Wed, 05 Sep 2007 07:44:36 GMT
Alexei Zakharov wrote:
> Hi all,
> 
> Recently I was trying to run one nice java application on Harmony that
> uses East Asian fonts. And I encounter the situation that on some
> machines (especially that run Windows Server 2003) Harmony displays
> empty boxes instead of hieroglyphs in menus, button labels and etc. At
> the same time RI displays valid characters there. Currently we have
> two issues filed to JIRA about this topic: HARMONY-4713 and
> HARMONY-4526.
> 
> After further investigation I've found that issue is caused by default
> font configuration mechanism implemented in Harmony.  RI has special
> font configuration files that are described for example in [1]. You
> can associate several physical fonts with one java logical font in RI.
> Several physical fonts are needed for covering various character
> subsets like alphanumeric, Chinese, Arabic and so on. The most
> surprising thing is that we have font.properties in Harmony too. The
> format is simpler, but it is implemented nevertheless. However, I
> neither found any mention about it in our AWT docs [2] nor any sample
> font.properties files in %JRE_HOME%/lib or elsewhere.  This way, I had
> to study the source code of classes from "org.apache.harmony.awt.gl"
> and "org.apache.harmony.awt.gl.font" packages in order to learn our
> own format of font.properties and create the font configuration I
> need.
> 
> I don't think we want all our users to go the way I went to create
> custom font configurations. So I suggest:
> - Add a description of our format of font.properties to [2]
> - Create sample font.properties file(s) and place it in %JRE_HOME%/lib
> - Create default font configurations for all platforms
> (Windows/Linux/…) in order to be able to handle various languages by
> default since RI can do this (see abovementioned JIRAs)
> 
> Thoughts? Suggestions? Objections?

Sounds good to me.  Thanks for figuring it all out.

Regards,
Tim

> [1] http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.5.0/docs/guide/intl/fontconfig.html
> [2] http://harmony.apache.org/subcomponents/classlibrary/awt.html
> 
> 

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