[OSM-dev] arabic ligatures in mapnik

Schuyler Erle schuyler at nocat.net
Fri Aug 22 10:29:50 BST 2008

* On 21-Aug-2008 at 11:19AM PDT, Tom Hughes said:
> > http://westbank.maps.jsintl.org/?lat=31.70841&lon=35.20192&zoom=17&layers=B
> > 
> > Street names in Arabic rendered along a path end up being drawn without
> > ligatures, which to a native speakers looks like an A C R O N Y M.
> > 
> > I'm not sure if mapnik on OSM.org is doing the same (can't find any streets
> > as tortuously bendy as the ones in Bethlehem), or if there's a particular
> > issue with the fonts on our server.
> Is it really being drawn without the ligatures? or do they just not
> join up because of the bends? The first should not be happening as
> shaping was added to mapnik ages ago now. The second is probably very
> hard to solve.

It's the former. Since we set up this server from scratch, I'm
guessing its some misconfiguration or missing font on our end; I think
we were just wondering if there was some magic pixie dust we forgot to


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