Friday, October 10, 2014

Pan-CJK font on Ubuntu

Ubuntu supports Chinese out of the box, kind of:

See those rectangles? Some characters are not rendered, but enough are, so I left it like that for months. But it was starting to annoying me, and I finally looked into it. Turned out some fonts are missing. I installed ttf-arphic-ukai, which got rid of the rectangles, but I didn't like the way it looked. ttf-arphic-uming was not satisfactory either. As I agonized over which of the two to pick, I remembered that Google and Adobe announced a Pan-CJK font a while ago. Here is how to install it on Ubuntu:

  1. Download the zip file from the Adboe github page.
  2. Unzip it to a temporary directory.
  3. Copy the OTF directory to /usr/share/fonts/. I created a subdirectory opentype/source-han-sans, but you can put them anywhere you want.

Restart your browser, and voilĂ , all the characters are rendered in a beautiful font:

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