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Been offline for a bit, so this is a little late but may solve the problems.

Why not included the needed non-English/Latin fonts to the proper language packs. If you need a Lao install of a language pack, include the best fonts for their region's language script that is free. If you need a language supported for Khmer, then add the fonts needed for that language.

YES, there are a lot of fonts that were installed by Ubuntu that has no used in an English language office, so if the language packs have the needed language fonts/scripts/etc., then it would allow for better use of what a language pack is really for - menus and other LO options in the native/regional language, plus other fonts that are needed to make an interesting set of documents without needing the user to go online and search for fonts to use with LO.

Also, we could offer a third download - the selected font packs - and have the user decide if they want to download it or not.

How many good regional fonts are out there in the mess of not-so-good-ones for each of these regional languages? Few good ones with a lot of not-good ones, as far as I can see. Since I am a collector if English related fonts, I have only collected the non-English ones that others tell me that are the good ones that are free.

YES, there are Unicode fonts that have a variety of language included - how many are in Arial Unicode? But many packages are not really good at using these Unicode fonts and their languages they support. Have fonts that are dedicated to these regional languages and not include the non-needed Latin scripts/glyphs for their region. The user could install a English/Latin-glyph based font for them.

So either attach the fonts to the language packs or add another download pack that contain the fonts. That way a user of French and Italian languages would not get Chinese or Russian fonts included with their downloads. Now we just have to get the OSs to do the same.

On 12/01/2013 02:24 PM, Urmas wrote:

By including fonts in the installation base, users can be guaranteed that second and third parties can read/write/edit/view the document.

All concerned parties already have all the fonts installed via their OS. There's no need to include useless fonts in the default installation.

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