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#1 2009-01-22 07:58:59

anonymous
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HOWTO: Install East Asian Language support

I noticed Firefox wasnt properly displaying those languages so heres how to fix it:

sudo apt-get install language-support-fonts-ja language-support-fonts-ko language-support-fonts-zh

Simple huh?

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#2 2009-01-22 10:21:42

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Re: HOWTO: Install East Asian Language support

Very! smile Thank you for sharing.

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#3 2009-01-22 21:59:23

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Re: HOWTO: Install East Asian Language support

Awesome, I was just wondering how to get asianic characters to display properly


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#4 2010-12-20 10:16:51

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Re: HOWTO: Install East Asian Language support

sudo apt-get install language-support-fonts-ja language-support-fonts-ko language-support-fonts-zh

Last edited by Fiddy (2010-12-20 10:24:16)

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#5 2010-12-21 07:27:23

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Re: HOWTO: Install East Asian Language support

Thanks for the bump, Fiddy!

Still searching off and on for that elusive font pack for full Vietnamese support...only about 10% of that set is missing, but it's enough to be a problem.

Any Vietnamese CrunchBang users?

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#6 2010-12-21 07:41:30

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Re: HOWTO: Install East Asian Language support

@pvsage, in your opinion, should the font packages mentioned in this thread be installed by default?

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#7 2010-12-21 07:48:44

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Re: HOWTO: Install East Asian Language support

^ Maybe the handful of fonts for East Asian support mentioned in the Wikipedia page, since there are so many computer users in those areas.  If you were to include all these Unicode font packs, including central Asian, Cyrillic, and Gothic support, that adds up to considerable bloat.

Maybe add the more obscure font packs as an option in cb-welcome?

EDIT:  The list above does not include Gothic.  Add 'ttf-mph-2b-damase' for Gothic support.  Probably not going to run across it very often though.  It also doesn't include full Coptic support.  Probably not much support for Theban and other modern neo-ciphers either.

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#8 2010-12-21 15:11:18

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Re: HOWTO: Install East Asian Language support

Last edited by johnraff (2010-12-21 15:13:49)

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#9 2010-12-21 18:30:37

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Re: HOWTO: Install East Asian Language support

I was actually thinking in terms of ISO size...

...but yeah, we don't want to offend those Tamil Tigers! big_smile  That was one of the character sets that gave me trouble early on.

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#10 2010-12-21 21:31:53

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Re: HOWTO: Install East Asian Language support


I laugh, yet the joke is on me.

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#11 2010-12-22 00:55:50

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Re: HOWTO: Install East Asian Language support

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#12 2010-12-22 01:12:22

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Re: HOWTO: Install East Asian Language support

Try changing the Openbox titlebar font and see what happens.

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#13 2010-12-22 01:22:24

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Re: HOWTO: Install East Asian Language support

Ah, I knew it would be something simple that I was missing - thanks smile

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#14 2010-12-22 06:44:10

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Re: HOWTO: Install East Asian Language support

^ I wouldn't be surprised if just reconfiguring Openbox would have fixed the mojibake issue, assuming the font shown above is smart enough to check for Unicode character sets.

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#15 2010-12-22 06:55:28

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Re: HOWTO: Install East Asian Language support

What's the mojibake issue? neutral

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#16 2010-12-22 07:32:55

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Re: HOWTO: Install East Asian Language support

According to Wikipedia, mojibake is the term for nonsense characters that replace what's supposed to be there if you don't have the right character encoding.  I suppose those boxes merit a different term, but I haven't been able to find a name for them.

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#17 2010-12-22 08:17:09

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Re: HOWTO: Install East Asian Language support

Ah, gotcha big_smile You really do learn something new every day!

Well, it seems my mojibake problem is sorted now, so I'm golden smile

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#18 2010-12-22 15:57:57

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Re: HOWTO: Install East Asian Language support

(It's Japanese, just fyi. Moji=letters, bake=bewitched, changed.)

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#19 2010-12-22 21:20:26

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Re: HOWTO: Install East Asian Language support

Thanks!

I'd really love to learn Japanese - haven't tried learning a new language since I was at school and really wanting to head out to Japan some time. Just don't know where to start with it all!

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#20 2010-12-23 16:36:50

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Re: HOWTO: Install East Asian Language support

^Not as hard as some people make out - but different, so you can't build on what you learned from European languages too much. Pronunciation's pretty easy, grammar too. The written language is tough though. If you enjoy languages by all means go for it!

Or of course Chinese, where you'll have the extra fun of tones! smile

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#21 2011-01-28 00:54:37

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Re: HOWTO: Install East Asian Language support

Sorry for the necro-bump...

...but it appears that these fonts don't install during an installation even if you've chosen to install in Japanese! (I haven't tried the other languages.) Could this be fixed?

Last edited by Bananaclasic (2011-01-28 00:55:05)


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#22 2011-01-28 02:12:13

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Re: HOWTO: Install East Asian Language support

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#23 2011-01-28 07:00:57

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Re: HOWTO: Install East Asian Language support

@Bananaclasic:  This does sound like a l10n (localization, with "10" replacing the middle 10 characters) issue; I agree with anonymous that this is probably best handled upstream...unless you've installed a standard Debian Live using the Debian Installer and it automatically pulled in Japanese font support.

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#24 2011-05-23 00:12:06

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Re: HOWTO: Install East Asian Language support

For future reference: I was having trouble getting the chinese font to render properly after

sudo apt-get install ttf-arphic-uming ttf-wqy-zenhei

but then I did

sudo apt-get autoremove

to clean up a bunch of things and the browser started displaying properly.

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