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Re: Configuring fontsets with `unicode-fonts` [Was: Re: Should minibuffe

From: Alexis
Subject: Re: Configuring fontsets with `unicode-fonts` [Was: Re: Should minibuffer prompt be made intangible by default?]
Date: Sat, 02 Apr 2016 19:57:45 +1100
User-agent: mu4e 0.9.16; emacs 24.5.3

Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:

Installing fonts doesn't necessarily resolve the fontset configuration problems, especially since no package can know what other fonts are available on the end-user system.

Sorry, i'm not sure you understand what the `unicode-fonts` package does? It doesn't provide fonts itself, but configures fontsets to use fonts on a users' system for maximum Unicode coverage. As the package's README.md says:

font mappings via fontsets are a bit difficult to configure. In addition, the default setup does not always pick the most legible fonts. As the manual warns, the choice of font actually displayed for a non-ASCII character is "somewhat random". The Unicode standard provides a way to organize font mappings: it divides character ranges into logical groups called "blocks". This library configures Emacs in a Unicode-friendly way by providing mappings from each Unicode block ---to---> a font with good coverage and makes the settings available via the customization interface. This library provides font mappings for 233 of the 255 blocks in the Unicode 8.0 standard which are public and have displayable characters. It assumes that 6 Latin blocks are covered by the default font. 16/255 blocks are not mapped to any known font.

(However, the README.md /does/ suggests some fonts for users to download to facilitate the `unicode-fonts` package's work.)


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