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From Tim Ellison <t.p.elli...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [classlib][awt][doc] font properties files
Date Thu, 13 Sep 2007 09:44:19 GMT
Alexei Zakharov wrote:
> Hi,
> I've just committed my first font properties file for Windows.  It
> contains physical to logical fonts mapping for European languages
> (fonts like Arial, Times New Roman) as well as for East Asian
> languages: Chinese, Japanese and Korean. I would be appreciate if
> someone with for example Chinese Windows or locale installed can try
> it and make sure I don't break anything at least.
> BTW I didn't add mappings for such supported-by-RI languages as Hebrew
> or Thai because I neither know nor have fonts for them. It would be
> nice if someone who have such knowledge can help with it.

Thanks Alexei.  You might want to start a new thread with that request,
with a clear subject like 'wanted people with Hebrew | Thai | Chinese
locale...' or equivalent to flush out the lurkers :-)

Sorry I can't help in this case.


> 2007/9/5, Tim Ellison <t.p.ellison@gmail.com>:
>> 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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