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Bug 113496 - Open source font installer bundles on download webpage per locale
Summary: Open source font installer bundles on download webpage per locale
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Installation (show other bugs)
Version:
(earliest affected)
6.0.0.0.alpha1+
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
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Blocks: Fonts Installer
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Reported: 2017-10-28 17:27 UTC by Yousuf Philips (jay) (retired)
Modified: 2018-02-13 08:26 UTC (History)
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Description Yousuf Philips (jay) (retired) 2017-10-28 17:27:32 UTC
As it wouldn't be practical to bundle fonts for each language within the main installer, but it is important for LO to promote open source fonts, like it currently does with Liberation fonts, i would like to suggest that we offer font bundles per locale on the download webpage, along with the UI and help installers.

These font bundles would be created once per OS and updated when needed, which will limit the amount of work involved in maintaining this feature.

This enhancement is mainly targeted towards Windows and Mac OS, which do not ship open source fonts.
Comment 1 Kevin Suo 2017-11-09 10:55:24 UTC
This is a great idea, especially for CJK languages.

Currently If I send a ODF document created under linux to a windows user, the content of the document is not showing exactly the same because I am using tge only available open source fonts (e.g. Source Han Sans/Serif CJK), but the win os does not have this font thus falling back to simsun.

It also important to bundle a Set of opensource font under linux, because different destros installs different default CJK fonts by default. E.g., Fedora uses Source Han Sans/Serif CJK (by Adobe), but Ubuntu promotes Nato Sans/serif CJK (by Google). Although they are very similar, when share between different OS the font will be not found and fallback to default.
Comment 2 Yousuf Philips (jay) (retired) 2017-11-09 11:59:18 UTC
(In reply to Kevin Suo from comment #1)
> It also important to bundle a Set of opensource font under linux, because
> different destros installs different default CJK fonts by default. E.g.,
> Fedora uses Source Han Sans/Serif CJK (by Adobe), but Ubuntu promotes Nato
> Sans/serif CJK (by Google). Although they are very similar, when share
> between different OS the font will be not found and fallback to default.

Bundling open source fonts are being handled in bug 103080, but they wont include any CJK fonts as they are too large (as mentioned in bug 80346 comment 9), so its important to offer them as a download at the download page.

Hopefully my proposal should solve the issue of fonts on linux quite easily.
https://design.blog.documentfoundation.org/2016/10/21/dealing-with-missing-fonts/