Installation sizes

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at
Tue Apr 25 11:58:16 CEST 2023

út 25. 4. 2023 v 11:33 odesílatel Peter Flynn <peter at> napsal:
> On 25/04/2023 01:34, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
> > On 2023-04-24 at 23:30:59 +0100, Peter Flynn wrote:
> >> Of course, someone is bound to come back and say "well, what are
> >> they and where is the font sampler?" :-)
> >
> > The definite answer is
> >
> >
> Yes, it's excellent, but I was thinking of something with rather more
> examples (different sizes, and a full alphabet). Maybe I should start
> work :-)
It is not easy. Imagine a font such as FreeSerif which covers almost
the whole Unicode so that it contains 50 thousand characters. It even
contains variants, Devanāgarī in Sanskrit uses conjuncts not used in
nowadays Hindi, therefore in LaTeX you have to specify not only the
script but also the language. Modern web browsers also honour the
language variants. The web sites offering fonts usually contain such
small snipets and then you can clich on the font and you will see
details, you can select italics, boldface etc (whatever is available).
You can change the size and you can even type your own text which is
displayed in the selected font. It is useful for examination of
support of a particular language. For instance, in Czech we want to
see the word "loďka", in Slovak "koľko" and "stĺp". We want to see
whether AV and ÁV have the same kerning. In case of an Arabic font we
want to see whether it connects properly only Arabich characters or
also ٹ ڈ ڑ ں ے used in Urdu. Thus instead of showing the whole
alphabet it should preferably offer dislay of a particular unicode
page (selectable by the user) and the display of a text entered by the
user with the possibility of selection a language.

> Peter

Zdeněk Wagner

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