[Bug 487061] Japanese fonts changed to less readable after update

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Wed Jul 15 04:36:00 UTC 2009

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--- Comment #6 from Akira TAGOH <tagoh at redhat.com>  2009-07-15 00:35:59 EDT ---
Well, I still have no idea to figure out what's the right direction to fix
this. the recommendation how to deal with the ambiguous width characters is
described in http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr11/tr11-16.html#Recommendations,
but it's only the case for legacy character encodings.

That may means we have to deal with them as narrow characters in Unicode. but
modifying the vector data to fit within is misleading IMHO because it's still
possible to use in other Japanese encodings and those are basically handling
them as wide characters. which may also means any fixes may be unlikely
happenning in upstream.  Aside from that, given that modifying a font in
Fedora, that may introduces another bugs/regressions because fontforge
sometimes do the weird thing and easily breaks unfortunately. that may confuses
people and upstream. I'm afraid I don't want to make such changes.

Ideally TrueType/OpenType should has any properties to do that and fontconfig
or freetype changes it as needed. dunno.

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