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Re: Emacs and New Athena Unicode font

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Emacs and New Athena Unicode font
Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2011 10:28:58 +0200

> Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2011 05:49:06 +0700
> From: "Robert B. Gozzoli" <>
> I am an Egyptologist using Emacs. As for my work, I need some
> transliteration fonts, and New Athena Unicode is the one I am using
> for my researches. I am using for my book in LaTeX, just for
> information. The problem is that I want to set the default font in
> Emacs as New Athena Unicode (the font can be retrieved at:
> But as soon as I set as default font, the window is actually shrunk,
> please see attachment.

Please describe how did you set up New Athena Unicode as the default

In any case, this font causes some real trouble to Emacs.  E.g., if I
select it via the Shift-F1 font selection dialog, typing "C-x 2" to
split the current window causes an immediate abort.  I'm guessing that
some metrics in the font file are either incomplete or incorrect
(negative?).  E.g., the smallest font height computed by Emacs for
this font is -5, which is obviously bogus.  However, I don't know
enough about fonts to tell which metrics are wrong.  Maybe someone
else can help.

Failing that, I suggest to talk to people who maintain this font and
tell them about your problem with Emacs.  Maybe they will know which
metrics need to be fixed, or tell what Emacs does wrong with this

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