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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 9:13 pm    Post subject: [SOLVED] How Does One Add Fonts for Ancient Languages? Reply with quote

Hi guys,

I can't get cuneiform to display in Firefox or in gnuchar. Does anyone know which font package contains it?

I'm also interested in other languages. I managed to install the lohit font package for Indic fonts no problem.

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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The best way is probably to write an ebuild for the font if none already exist.

For example, the Akkadian Font from http://users.teilar.gr/~g1951d/ may be what you want. Look at the ebuild for media-fonts/symbola which should work with Akkadian with a small modification.
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, thanks chithanh,

I'll have a bash when I get a chance. Never written an ebuild before.
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Donald Knuth, who created TeX, also created a program called metafont that can be used to create fonts for "any system" of writing.
It never really caught on, but it can still be downloaded. (See http://www.ctan.org/pkg/metafont for example)

I seem to remember reading something by him many years ago that says that to create a font with metafont still requires the creative skills of a font designer,
but it does save you the trouble of pouring hot lead in your basement. I am fairly sure that this is not the approach that you wish to take, but thought that I would mention it . Also see http://www-cs-faculty.stanford.edu/~uno/abcde.html and google for "Why Metafont didn't catch on.
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well... I never made ebuilds for installing fonts.
http://oracc.museum.upenn.edu/doc/user/fonts/
Scroll down and you'll find cuneiform fonts that you just need to push in /usr/share/fonts then run fc-cache.
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

aCOSwt, that did the trick! :D

Brilliant! Nice quick solution.

Thanks once again Mr Simple Harmonic Motion.
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