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Bug 675280 - Cantarell does not contain Greek glyphs
Cantarell does not contain Greek glyphs
Product: cantarell-fonts
Classification: Core
Component: general
Other Linux
: Normal normal
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Assigned To: Cantarell fonts maintainer(s)
Cantarell fonts maintainer(s)
Depends on:
Reported: 2012-05-02 07:37 UTC by Alkis Georgopoulos
Modified: 2018-03-26 14:18 UTC
See Also:
GNOME target: ---
GNOME version: ---

A menu screenshot to show the problem (19.40 KB, image/png)
2012-05-02 07:38 UTC, Alkis Georgopoulos

Description Alkis Georgopoulos 2012-05-02 07:37:13 UTC
Hi, Cantarel does not contain Greek glyphs and so the default Gnome UI looks horrible now for Greek users, as Greek characters are substituted with another font of different size.
For example, in the "Email και ημερολόγιο" menu item, the "και ημερολόγιο" part is bigger and uses a different font face. I'm attaching a menu screenshot to better show the problem.

Please add Greek glyphs in Cantarell.
Comment 1 Alkis Georgopoulos 2012-05-02 07:38:09 UTC
Created attachment 213259 [details]
A menu screenshot to show the problem
Comment 2 Sebastian Dröge (slomo) 2014-06-12 09:27:22 UTC
Are there any plans for working on this? Cantarell is a really beautiful font, but when mixing Latin and Greek letters it looks completely awful :)
Comment 3 Sebastian Dröge (slomo) 2015-06-01 11:28:04 UTC
Any progress here, is anybody working at all on making Cantarell more complete?
Comment 4 Alkis Georgopoulos 2015-06-02 04:56:40 UTC
No, I think noone is working on this...

This bug is why all these Greek schools stopped using upstream Gnome:

Jakub Steiner made an attempt 2 years ago, but it was left unfinished, I don't know why:

Pooja Saxena, an intern, added support for Cyrillic later on:

We should file bug reports in all distributions that we can, so that they change the default Gnome font.
It's a shame when such big regressions are deliberately made without concern about making a DE unusable for thousands of users.
Comment 5 Nirbheek Chauhan 2015-06-02 08:23:22 UTC
Well, the thing is that it's too difficult to add monotonic Greek support to Cantarell. There aren't many (any?) typeface designers who would work on this for free, so the Design team and the Foundation have to get this commissioned.
Comment 6 Nirbheek Chauhan 2015-06-02 08:34:26 UTC
I meant to say that it's too difficult for people who aren't typeface designers, but it would not be expensive to commission an expansion of the glyph set. :)
Comment 7 Nikolaus Waxweiler 2016-01-07 19:40:58 UTC
I have started work on Greek support. Capital letters were easy, small letters are decidedly less so. If anyone wants to help:
Comment 8 Nikolaus Waxweiler 2016-01-18 13:32:09 UTC
Found some reading material:
Comment 9 Nikolaus Waxweiler 2016-02-11 16:40:25 UTC
I haven't made progress with the design, but found -- that would be the first target for Greek support.
Comment 10 GNOME Infrastructure Team 2018-03-26 14:18:17 UTC
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