[Bug 1575555] Re: Chrome/Chromium use "Thin" as default font weight
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Mon May 2 18:49:26 UTC 2016
I tested to replace the single "super" OTC file with 7 weight specific
OTC files, and it seems like this is sufficient to fix "the Thin issue"
in Chrome/Chromium. So I have uploaded a simpler proposal to the PPA.
This variant increases the archive space utilization only fractionally
(73 MiB instead of 71), so no need to break out certain files to a new
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Chrome/Chromium use "Thin" as default font weight
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Chromium and Google Chrome use "Thin" as the default Noto Sans CJK
font weight, which makes some Chinese and Japanese web pages difficult
to read, and thus gives a bad user experience.
The fonts-noto-cjk version in the PPA
installs 36 separate font files instead of a bundled OTC file. This
works around the Chromium/Chrome issue.
To reproduce the bug:
* Install Chromium or Google Chrome.
* Go to <http://www.gamer.com.tw> and notice the very thin characters.
* Install fonts-noto-cjk from the PPA and notice the difference.
Due to ISO space concerns, the solution includes the creation of the
fonts-noto-cjk-extras binary, which will not be seeded. fonts-noto-cjk
installs only the 8 most important font files, while the rest are
installed by fonts-noto-cjk-extras. Consequently 28 fonts will be
dropped when the 16.04 users upgrade to the new fonts-noto-cjk
- they will be prompted to install fonts-noto-cjk-extras via Language
- fixing the Chromium/Chrome issue carries greater weight, and
- it's not a regression compared to 14.04 or 15.10, since the previous
package for rendering Chinese contents (fonts-droid) does not include
all those font weights.
The package seems to only "thin" variant of the font, which makes it
very unreadable in applications such as Chrome (when it has to fall
back on Chinese fonts on a mostly-English page). I had to remove the
package and then manually download the font from Google website and
install it to make the regular weight available
Release: 16.04 LTS
Package Version: 1.004+repack1-1
Expected: All weights of the noto cjk font to be installed
Happened: Only the "thin" weight of the font seems to be installed
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