[webkit-dev] Chinese font problems on GTK port

Joshua Chia joshchia at gmail.com
Fri May 30 11:07:15 PDT 2008

I would like to add that the Qt port doesn't have this problem, so it's
probably due to the the way pango or freetype is being used by the Gtk port.

2008/5/29 Joshua Chia <joshchia at gmail.com>:

> With a recent GTK port built on Ubuntu Hardy, I find that GtkLauncher fails
> to display Chinese characters correctly for some Chinese pages.  For
> example, on www.baidu.com (gb2312), some Chinese characters show up as
> squares.  However, if I use font-family in the HTML to switch to a Chinese
> font such as 宋体 for the text to be displayed, the characters show up
> correctly.  On Firefox, the Chinese characters are displayed correctly
> without this tweak.
> I'm guessing that for the Chinese text, the browser is failing to switch to
> a font that has the Chinese glyphs and continues to use some default font
> that doesn't have the necessary glyphs.
> Is this a bug?  How can it be fixed?  Is this something about pango
> configuration or fontconfig?  Maybe I can somehow set the default font to
> one that has the glyphs for most languages?  Assuming I have that font, how
> can I change the default?
> Josh
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