Re: [indic] Lack of Complex script rendering support on Android

From: Philippe Verdy <>
Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2011 15:35:18 +0100

2011/11/4 Mahesh T. Pai <>:
> Christopher Fynn said on Fri, Nov 04, 2011 at 02:27:30PM +0600,:
>  > Although Adnroid devices "support Unicode" - it seems there is no
>  > support for complex script rendering on almost all Android devices
>  > which makes them pretty useless for text communication in all Indian
>  > languages (and many others too)
> And strangely, Android uses harfbuss, ICU and pango for text
> layout. All libraries support Indic; and it seems that at compile
> time, support for Indic is disabled.
> Thanks for taking the pain to identify the bug/ issue numbers.
> As pointed out, some devices sold in India support _some_ Indic
> scripts. That is it.

It may depend on the device. The manufacturer can compile Android as
he wants apparently, and suppress/disable some modules. I have no
problem on my Samsung S 2 that displays properly all languages shown
on the home page of Wikimedia Commons for example.
Received on Fri Nov 04 2011 - 09:39:27 CDT

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