GNOME Bugzilla – Bug 675280
Cantarell does not contain Greek glyphs
Last modified: 2018-03-26 14:18:17 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.
Created attachment 213259 [details]
A menu screenshot to show the problem
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 :)
Any progress here, is anybody working at all on making Cantarell more complete?
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.
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.
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. :)
I have started work on Greek support. Capital letters were easy, small letters are decidedly less so. If anyone wants to help: https://git.gnome.org/browse/cantarell-fonts/log/?h=greek-wip
Found some reading material:
I haven't made progress with the design, but found https://adobe-type-tools.github.io/adobe-greek-charsets/adobe-greek-1.html -- that would be the first target for Greek support.
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