Re: [dev] [st] A call for our non-Latin users.

From: Petr Šabata <>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2012 11:16:35 +0200

On Fri, Oct 05, 2012 at 10:47:48AM +0200, Christoph Lohmann wrote:
> Greetings.
> While adding more font support to st I was thinking about how to add for
> example the big Chinese or Japanese gylphs to st.
> If you are regularly using non‐Latin gylphs in your terminals, please
> tell me what terminal you are using for this and how you prefer to dis‐
> play them inline between the latin characters. What pixel size are you
> using to properly be able to read those non‐Latin characters?

I use xterm with 'font' and 'wideFont' options, both using 18px
'misc-fixed' font so it's all rather simple. The 'wideFont'
characters just use two columns. I have no idea how this is
done in the Xft world...

My case:
xterm*font: -misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--18-120-100-100-c-90-iso10646-1
xterm*boldFont: -misc-fixed-bold-r-normal--18-120-100-100-c-90-iso10646-1
xterm*wideFont: -misc-fixed-medium-*-*-ko-18-*-*-*-*-*-iso10646-1
xterm*wideBoldFont: -misc-fixed-medium-*-*-ko-18-*-*-*-*-*-iso10646-1
xterm*ximFont: -misc-fixed-medium-*-*-ko-18-*-*-*-*-*-iso10646-1

한글, 漢字

Having something like this in dwm too would be wonderful (for
window titles at least). I've never really looked into that, though.

> There are two ways to add non-Latin support to st:
> 1. Adopt wide chars or variable chars and allow those characters to not
> really work, but display right, like urxvt does it.
> 2. First rely on the pixelsize of the given font and cut or scale the
> bigger font down. Then allow the user to dynamically scale up the pixel‐
> size, so it is possible to scale up, if such a character appears. This
> will lead to bigger latin fonts too. Not scaling them is possible too,
> but would create big gaps between them.
> Anyone has some comments on this?
> Sincerely,
> Christoph Lohmann

Thanks for the effort here,

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