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Old 06-15-2019, 10:55 AM   #1
david von tamar
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How to prevent font-conf from using a specific font for a certain language/charset?

I'm trying to prevent font-conf from using my default font (FreeSerif) for Hebrew characters.

Except for the Hebrew characters, I'd like FreeSerif to be used as my default font for all characters.

I read this manual for font-conf, and also the following questions/articles:
What I've tried so far, and it didn't work:
  • Using the lang property to prepend my font of preference for Hebrew. It didn't work as intended, because if a sentence started with a non-Hebrew character then FreeSerif would be selected over the entire paragraph, despite that it may contain Hebrew characters.
  • Removing the Hebrew characters directly from FreeSerif via fontforge. It didn't work quite well because my new version of FreeSerif had some weird spacing artifacts between the characters, I had no idea why and I just gave up.
  • Removing the Hebrew charset range (U+0591 to U+05F4) from FreeSerif via font-conf's <match> pattern. It didn't work at all because font-conf says that Expression doesn't take any effects for delete and delete_all for properties like lang and charset.
Old 06-17-2019, 07:09 AM   #2
david von tamar
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Sadly there's no option to disable a range of character from a font on fontconfig.
I had edit FreeSerif directly and remove the Hebrew characters in order to force fontconfig to use my fall-back font for Hebrew.


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