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Re: System fonts

From: Kazunobu Kuriyama
Subject: Re: System fonts
Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2004 18:54:54 +0900
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Banlu Kemiyatorn wrote:

For example,
if I choose a "ChineseFont" as NSUserFont and use it to display text,
it will use "ChineseFont" to display both latin and chinese glyph
because this "ChineseFont" contain both latin and chinese glyph.
But the latin glyph is ugly and is not fixed-pitched,
which cause problem in Terminal.app.
(Chinese glyph is always fixed-pitched due to the nature of its
If I choose a "EnglishFont" as NSUserFont and use it to display text,
all the chinese glyph will not display,
though the latin glyph is good-looking.

What do some people here mean by the ugliness of some fonts?  Are you
talking about ligature and kerning, which we don't need for CJK proper

I think Yen-Ju is quite clear about the latin characters provided by
the CJK fonts
that is ugly.
Do you?  It's still not clear to me what you mean by that...

I raised the questions in hope of someone defining the problem as a
technical one, not an aesthetic one.  Otherwise, I don't know what
to do.  Someday I heard that there was a country which held a beauty
contest for fat women.  The lesson is, IMHO, you can't tell what people
think is beauty or ugly. From Yen-Ju's comment, I got little clue for defining the problem in terms of technology, as I couldn't make out
what he meant by the word 'ugly' exactly.

- Kazunobu Kuriyama

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