Technical: HEAD.direction should be 0 (not 2)

Bug #727638 reported by Paul Sladen on 2011-03-02
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Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ubuntu Font Family
Undecided
Malcolm Wooden

Bug Description

showttf Ubuntu*.ttf | grep fontdirhint
        fontdirhint=2 left to right and neutrals
        fontdirhint=2 left to right and neutrals
        fontdirhint=2 left to right and neutrals
        fontdirhint=2 left to right and neutrals
        fontdirhint=2 left to right and neutrals

This probably wants to be zero ("0 Mixed directional glyphs")

  http://developer.apple.com/fonts/ttrefman/RM06/Chap6head.html

Possibly related to bug #726759 ("Technical: Hebrew RtL LtR markers display U+202B").

Paul Sladen (sladen) on 2011-03-02
Changed in ubuntu-font-family:
milestone: none → 0.72
description: updated
Changed in ubuntu-font-family:
assignee: nobody → Malcolm Wooden (malcolm-daltonmaag)

The meaning of this bit changed between TrueType and OpenType - as today
there are much better ways to process and display mixed direction text.
The OpenType spec says "Deprecated (Set to 2)":
http://www.microsoft.com/typography/otspec/head.htm

Dave

Paul Sladen (sladen) wrote :

David: excellent answer! Hopefully this means that nothing is looking at this bit anyway.

Changed in ubuntu-font-family:
status: New → Won't Fix
Paul Sladen (sladen) on 2011-11-24
Changed in ubuntu-font-family:
milestone: 0.82 → 1.00
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