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bug#33729: 27.0.50; Partial glyphs not rendered for Gujarati with Harfbu

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: bug#33729: 27.0.50; Partial glyphs not rendered for Gujarati with Harfbuzz enabled (renders fine using m17n)
Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2018 20:07:04 +0200

> Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2018 19:37:23 +0200
> From: Khaled Hosny <address@hidden>
> Cc: address@hidden, address@hidden, address@hidden,
>       address@hidden, address@hidden
> > Per previous discussions, we decided to use the Harfbuzz built-in
> > methods for determining the script, since Emacs doesn't have this
> > information, and adding it will just do the same as Harfbuzz does,
> > i.e. find the first character whose script is not Common etc., using
> > the UCD database.  I think it was you who suggested to use the
> > Harfbuzz built-ins in this case.
> The built-in HarfBuzz code is for getting the script for a given
> character, but resolving characters with Common script is left to the
> client. Suppose you have this string (upper case for RTL) ABC 123 DEF,
> what HarfBuzz sees during shaping is three separate chunks of text ABC,
> 123, DEF. The 123 part is all Common script characters and thus
> hb_buffer_guess_segment_properties won’t be able to guess anything (and
> based on the font and the script, this can cause rendering differences).
> Emacs will have to resolve the script of Common characters before
> applying bidi algorithm and pass that down to HarfBuzz.

I'm not sure I understand: why does HarfBuzz care that 123 was in the
middle if RTL text.  Does it need to shape 123 specially in this case?

(In general, AFAIK simple characters like 123 will not even go through
HarfBuzz, as Emacs doesn't call the shaper for characters whose entry
in composition-function-table is nil.  So I guess 123 here should
stand for some other characters, not for literal digits?  IOW, I don't
think I understand the example very well.)

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