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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.
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?
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.