[OSM-dev] Non-latin fonts on the slippy map

Artem Pavlenko artem at pavlenko.uklinux.net
Wed Jan 31 10:45:02 GMT 2007

Hello lists,

I was playing with DejaVu fonts family and we should definitely use them for 
OSM rendering. 

Also, mapnik can support right-to-left languages e.g. arabic :
http://media.mapnik.org/a.jpg .

Can anyone confirm it is correct ? 

On Tuesday 30 January 2007 17:27, Grant Slater wrote:
> >> The mapnik renderer on the slippy map appears to not have a font for
> >> simplified Chinese available... it's appearing as squares. The same is
> >> true for Arabic... and I'm guessing Thai too.
> >>
> >> There seem to be people starting to actually do mapping in these
> >> languages, so it might be a nice idea to install the extra language
> >> packs needed on the render box (assuming it's that simple, but it all
> >> works fine in JOSM on my Ubuntu box so it might be).
> >
> > Can you give us a little bit more hints which are the ubuntu/debian
> > Packages for these languages?
> I think DejaVu Sans has the best unicode coverage.
> debian package: ttf-dejavu
> Regards
>  Grant
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