[Pkg-fonts-devel] Maintaining font-arhangai under the pkg-fonts team umbrella?

Nicolas Spalinger nicolas_spalinger at sil.org
Sat Jan 2 20:46:50 UTC 2010

Christian PERRIER wrote:
> Hi Anton,
> I noticed that package of yours which you proposed for adoption back
> in 2007.
> The pkg-fonts team could take it over and include it in our
> team-maintained packages.
> What would you think of this?

The description indicates that there are legacy encoding of many glyphs:
IOW the font is not Unicode-compliant and so likely to cause confusion
and problems down the line:
"Please notice, that in place of Latin1 symbols this font contains
Mongolian characters. You can not use this font if you need non-ASCII
Latin characters."

From an encoding point of view, I don't think it's such a good idea to
continue using and providing such legacy fonts to Debian users. We
should, as the Debian font team, recommend targeting Unicode compliance
and moving away from legacy encodings.

If upstream isn't responsive and the package has been RFA for a while,
can I suggest we focus our energies on alternative open fonts for users
of Mongolian Cyrillic? Do we really need this font?

I freely admit I don't know or use that writing system but after a quick
search it seems like the needed letters are already in the Cyrillic
block which is covered by various open fonts currently in the archive.

What do Debian users of this writing system think?


Nicolas Spalinger, NRSI volunteer
Debian/Ubuntu font teams / OpenFontLibrary

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