February 21st, 2012, 04:19 AM
Arial font file
As of now(docs say Updated for Boxee version >= 1.2.), you use some sort of Arial font for the whole fontXX, sansXX, lightXX sizes. While it might look good, i'm afraid it lacks support for all of the central/eastern European Latin based languages(i'm not talking about Kyrillic alphabet or some other exotic charsets). I'm from Romania and here are some characters that are not visible for this series of fonts:
Also test it for Germanic charsets such as German and Icelandic as I do have a hunch even though I don't know the language or all of the symbols.
Note that for the *nix fonts such as Liberation and DejaVu they work just fine, it's just that they all have serifs and thus are not very usable for modern design, but rather for news/typewriter/console/code like designs.
Perhaps you could dig even further in /usr/share/fonts in your favorite distro and set one of those variable width fonts and replace with that. There are many royalty free fonts there that look even better then Arial.
PS: The mplayer/ffplay xbmc subtitle engine bit works like a charm as I just set it to Central European and run UTF-8 .srt files. But I suppose that's a whole different executable altogether. I haven't tested the browser api thing in a while but I remember it worked as well, so it's just a matter of your own fonts and not imported stuff.
February 21st, 2012, 07:06 AM
PS: poor rendering
Serif fonts (18, 21, 23 at least) are rendered badly. Improper spacing, letters missing etc. I noticed it in v1.5 mac which i use to develop. Good thing you dropped support for it.
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