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Old 12-11-2014, 05:28 AM   #1
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Cool Code2000 font editing help

Hi friends,

K4 uses the Code2000 font to render all the unicode glyphs, including Devanagari. This font is adequate but is quite ugly as can be seen in the attached image.

K4 does not allow the installation of any alternative unicode fonts for a specific unicode range like Devanagari.

I want to do this:
  1. Edit the Code2000 font to remove all the existing Devanagari glyphs.
  2. Insert the Devanagari glyphs from Noto Sans Devanagari font into the Code2000 font.

The problem is complicated by the fact that unicode Devanagari fonts contain a lot of hidden information on how to handle ligatures. Every Devanagari font has it's own custom hidden information.

I am looking for friends who have the requisite font editing skills to solve this problem.

Thanks.
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Old 12-11-2014, 06:38 AM   #2
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Depending on your firmware, you might save yourself the hassle of editing code2000.ttf by installing a font hack. What are the first 4 digits of your serial number and the firmware version installed on your Kindle?
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Old 12-11-2014, 07:09 AM   #3
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Thanks for your reply Doitsu.
My firmware version is: 4.1.1 (1813030025)
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Thanks for your reply Doitsu.
My firmware version is: 4.1.1 (1813030025)
Looks like you have a (non-touch) K4. Try installing NiLuJe's jailbreak and fonthack packages (under Packages targeting the Kindle 2/DX/DXG/3/4).

You'll need to use 7Zip to unpack the .xz files. Open the .xz file with 7Zip, then double-click the .tar file and extract it to your machine. Follow the instructions in the readme.txt file.

For more detailed jailbreak information see also the Wiki.

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Old 12-11-2014, 07:45 AM   #5
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Please clarify, how will a font hack help?

I could have simply renamed noto sans as code2000.ttf and got good Devanagari text.
But then what if a book contains other unicode characters? They will not be displayed correctly.

Also Arial unicode can be renamed as code2000.ttf but it's Devanagari glyphs are too thin and not suitable for low-res screens like K4. Noto Sans is thick & custom built for mobile screens.

Another possible solution could be to get a Noto font that covers the whole unicode range. I'm looking for this but have not been able to find it yet.
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Old 12-11-2014, 09:01 AM   #6
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Please clarify, how will a font hack help?
Because if you insist on ignoring the years of effort and experience that went into gaining control of the Kindle fonts, you will:
*) At a minimum, never get satisfactory results for the effort you spend;
*) Most likely, end up with a bricked K4 that you can sell for spare parts on e-bay.

My advice:
Read the entire spoiler for the legacy devices font hack;
Install it;
Adjust per directions;
**THEN** If you don't like the result, consider editing up your own bastardized font - trying not to brick the Kindle's font rendering engine in the process.
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Old 12-11-2014, 12:11 PM   #7
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knc1...language!

I've installed the font hack many times before & every time I uninstalled it in a hurry. I do not like any of the fonts in the new look and configuring the hack is *very* inconvenient. I'm quite satisfied with the default K4 fonts except the Devanagari font.

Of course there are safety concerns, but I'd never install the edited font without testing it thoroughly.

I feel the editing can be done if the person is an expert on fonts. I'm looking for just such a person.
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Old 12-11-2014, 12:23 PM   #8
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knc1...language!
There's nothing "language!" about the word "bastardize" - it's a perfectly normal word, acceptable in even the most polite society, and meaning "to lower in value" or "debase".
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Old 12-11-2014, 09:30 PM   #9
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There's nothing "language!" about the word "bastardize" - it's a perfectly normal word, acceptable in even the most polite society, and meaning "to lower in value" or "debase".
The B word is ok? The western "culture" never ceases to amaze! If this font ever sees the light of the day we can call it BObama :)) (the best B* combination of east & west).

Now back to business. The font hack also is not the perfect solution to my problem. It does not provide for any way of installing a separate font for the Devanagari script. It only makes it easier to install/uninstall fonts, since the fonts folder is in the root directory.

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Old 12-11-2014, 10:45 PM   #10
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The B word is ok? The western "culture" never ceases to amaze! If this font ever sees the light of the day we can call it BObama ) (the best B* combination of east & west).
"bastardize" is not the B-word, otherwise you'd be right.

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=bastardize -- synonyms: distort, dilute, weaken, contaminate, etc.
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=bastard


In a similar vein, see the disambiguation page for "bitch" on Wikipedia -- which might be an acceptable word if we were at a dog show... (see first reference listed)


You can probably put it down to English being a crazy language, according to many non-native English speakers.
Probably still best to double-check, if someone tells you it is acceptable in the most polite of societies. They might NOT be out of their mind.

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Old 12-12-2014, 10:04 AM   #11
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Problem still not solved. Font hack is not the solution since it has no special provision for Devanagari fonts.
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Old 12-12-2014, 11:53 AM   #12
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@geekyworld: It might not be as user-friendly (and I use that lightly, because the K5 version isn't terribly user-friendly either ;p) as on FW 5.x, but yes it does. For Mobi7 documents, the I18N font explicitly replaces Code2000. For KF8, it's placed earlier in the priority list than Code2000, so *should* get picked up over Code2000 no matter what.

If you don't care about the default overrides, it's as simple as using the backups made to restore Caecilia as the Serif font & Helvetica as the Sans one.

On KF8 documents, the usual complex script shaping issues may apply, I don't remember how FW 4.x behaves on that front. (Also no idea if this applies to your target script anyway ^^).

EDIT: To clarify something Doitsu brought up in a PM, replacing code2000 is indeed a bad idea, first and foremost, because if the FW chokes on it, you're screwed, but even if it doesn't, because that wouldn't help w/ KF8 documents, because of the whole fontconfig stack involved (you'd need either to update the fc config, or tweak the font's family name, and update the fc cache. Which is precisely what the Hack handles behind the scenes).

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@NiLuJe Thanks for your detailed reply. It turns out that I18N font uses the exact same Devanagari glyphs as Code2000! So, Devanagari text looks exactly the same even after installing the font hack. View the attachment for evidence.

I'm really fed up of this and am closing this thread. I don't know about other devices but I think Indians should not go for Kindle because of the poor INDIC support and ugly fonts. I'll think twice about buying an Amazon product again. Bookshops should not get into the computer business in the first place. Bastardization of the first order!
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So author something you think is better:
http://designwithfontforge.com/en-US...Typefaces.html
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Old 12-16-2014, 04:46 AM   #15
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I think the suggestion was to use the font hack to facilitate the font configuration/replacement - not that the font hack alone will provide remedy of the underlying issue, i.e. available fonts being ugly.

As far as I can see, the font hack allows customization of the fontconf library used by the Kindle framework? (@Niluje?) So you can fine-tune when to use what font. Refer to the fontconfig documentation as for how to do that.

Granted, Indians should not go for Kindles when the fonts provided are ugly and it needs developer skills to remedy that situation. On the other hand, you should probably complain to Amazon, not to the group of developers in this forum.
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