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Greg Buchholz 01-10-2007 10:45 PM

Favorite Unicode Font (w/ lots of glyphs)
I'm just discovering the wonderful world of Unicode, and I was wondering if people had a favorite (free) font they like, which had a lot of characters in it. For example, I've got the Bitsream Vera font on my system, but it can only display about half of the characters here.



nx5000 01-12-2007 10:23 AM

Did you try uxterm?
On my system, almost all characters are displayed ok (only one or two paragraphs)

Greg Buchholz 01-12-2007 02:04 PM

no problems with xterm
I'm not having any problems with xterm, just finding a suitable font. I've got the UCS misc-fixed fonts which have nice coverage of the mathematical operators, etc. But they only go up in size to 10x20, which seems almost tiny any more. I also have the TrueType Free UCS Outline Fonts, but they aren't fixed width, so while I can make them arbitrarily large, there are large spaces between each letter (supposedly caused by the fact that xterm, et. al. have to pad the size of all characters with space to make it the same size as the largest character). This is true even with the font called "FreeMono". Surely someone somewhere must be using a largish sized fixed-width Unicode font in Linux?

scorpion_gr 01-12-2007 04:33 PM

Glyphs can be considered as boxes of pixels some of which are colored and the rest are not.
Increasing the size of a font means increasing the size of the boxes. That means both the glyphs and the surrounding "air" will grow along. Learn to live with it.
Fixed-width fonts are not those without air in between. In fact they have more air than non-fixed-width ones.
In fixed-width fonts, every glyph-box has the same width, regardless of the width of the painted glyph. It means "i" and "m" have the same width. Therefor "i" needs a lot of air around it. The advantage is that all characters in diffrent lines line up in columns.
Non-fixed-width fonts cut the excess air around "i" making the box narrower. The result is more compact words.

There is no font where the glyph spacing doesn't grow along with the font size.

Anyway, what size fonts do you need anyway? 10-12 of most fonts is good. What do you need monster fonts for? Quit using fonts that are tiny at sizes 10-12 and use fonts you can easily read.

Greg Buchholz 01-12-2007 07:20 PM


Originally Posted by scorpion_gr
That means both the glyphs and the surrounding "air" will grow along. Learn to live with it.

With a proportional font, such as the ones just mentioned, xterm fits each character into a cell the size of the maximum width, creating unreadable large gaps between characters

Anyway, the easiest solution I see right now is to cobble together my own font using FontForge with pieces of Vera and Free font.

osor 01-12-2007 07:46 PM

gentium is nice

scorpion_gr 01-13-2007 12:43 PM


Originally Posted by Greg Buchholz

Do what you have to do man. I never had anything to complain about with the default fonts...

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