Monday, June 26, 2023

Re: Lohit vs Noto Indic fonts

On Mon, 26 Jun 2023 at 18:57, Jens-Ulrik Petersen <> wrote:
On Sat, Jun 17, 2023 at 11:35 AM Dave Crossland <> wrote:

On Mon, Jun 12, 2023, 4:51 PM <> wrote:

On Mon, 12 Jun 2023 at 02:39, Dave Crossland <> wrote:
I'm the Noto product owner at Google Fonts, I expect the wider range of styles available by itself would make Noto fonts a better choice :) I would be happy to hear any aspects of Lohit that are superior 

Lohit follows an open source development methodology. One can provide a patch to the sfd file. We are building from source in Fedora.
AFAIK Noto is only available in binary format. (TTF).

But given its already used for many languages, we can definitely go ahead for India fonts as well.
What i suggest:
1. Lets Noto get installed by default.
2. Lets have Lohit fontconfig priority more than Noto, so if someone installing it manually, it will become default for particular Indian languages.

I love it!

Thank you everyone for the feedback so far.

Since the feedback so far seems generally positive, I started drafting proposal for Fedora 39.

Have given the relative fonts priorities some thought... while in theory I am sympathetic to the novel priority suggestion, it is probably not realistic in practice: we have never done default fonts changes that way before in Fedora so I think it would set a bad precedent, but I think we should make sure that if one uninstalls the Noto Indic fonts, the Lohit fonts should still remain the default - I do think that should be possible.

Right, As per policy it impacts badly.
Lets users use fonts-tweak-tool to change priorities as per their requirements.


Thanks, Jens

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