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Am I the only one who tried "ಠ" and couldn't get it to work no matter what?



I tried a snowman ☃ - it's pretty low on the list but you'll find it with a crude but detailed drawing.

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The secret is adding the snowflakes.

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Is it in a free font? http://www.alanwood.net/unicode/kannada.html suggests maybe not.

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Yes, it's in Dejavu Sans, which is what Shapecatcher uses. I'm guessing the Kannada block just isn't in the database yet.

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It isn't included in Dejavu Sans. I (and others) had to install a different font to be able to see it.

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You are right. On my system it's being automatically substituted from another font, even in character map applications.

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I really wish font handling and rendering were a bit simpler to understand and troubleshoot in Linux.

Recently I had an annoying problem where some web pages weren't rendering the fonts correctly. It turned out the reason was a font config file for a Chinese bitmap font was causing firefox's font rendering to alter - both chromium and another browser were working as expected (according to the css rules). Tracking down the problem took several weeks and several dead ends and I only stumbled on the answer by accident anyway.

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