Refugee Phrasebook/Typographic-Testpatterns

as you see, the spreadsheed is quite empty at the moment.
If you can provide the needed information please edit the spreadsheet.

Help with the testpatterns edit

Example: autonym of German: "Deutsch" - Font used: OpenSans

autonym of German: "Deutsch" - Font used: OpenSans
autonym of German: "Deutsch" - Font used: OpenSans

go to the column of your native language (example: Spanish)

  • line 18 - Type in your language as you write it - (example: Español)

For the pictures

  • open a text editor (LibreOffice, Openoffice, Word) and write your language like in line 18 (example: Español)
  • select a Font like DejaVu Sans and take a screenshot (list of fonts and download-links)
  • rename the picture to autonym_ISO_FONT.jpg - The ISO-code for your language is in the yellow line (example: Spanish using DejaVuSans: autonym_spa_DejaVuSans.jpg)
  • Upload to Wikimedia (use the UploadWizard) and place the URL into line 19
  • Write the font-name you used into line 20 (Example: DejaVu Sans)

do the same for hello and good morning

QA edit

What is the line polyglossia? 

If your language is listed in this PDF on page 5 write it to line 15

What if my selected fonts from that (list of fonts) do not work in my language? 

Please edit the list and place a N so we can see that your language and this font do not want to work together (maybe you want to change the cell-colour to RED that we can see it) :)

You already have this in another book

Yes and No.
the autonym: people not familiar with Latin letters will see their native language in their native letters
Pictures of these words: We have the electronic text of hello and good morning. But the pictures are missing.

Why not Arial, Times New Roman or ... all these fonts that are installed on my system?

The fonts you mean are bundled with your system.
We have to take care of licensing issues: Are we allowed to copy+paste these fonts?
With open licenses it's easier: copy the license-text, add credits and bundle it

Moreover, it should be reproducible. Using on different systems should create similar results.
Using Fonts that we can distribute freely makes everything portable: What if asking you to change your System to a different one? Install for example Linux, Mac or Windows to be able to use the fonts needed?
Might be easier to bundle the fonts instead of bundling Operating-Systems

I can send you the fonts above?

Please read the license terms of the font you mean and read the paragraphs.
If redistribution is allowed, please add the font to the font-list

DejaVu? Where to get it?

go to the DejaVu-Downloads and select the second entry TrueType fonts packed as zip archive - direct link
download and install the fonts

FreeFont? Where to get it?

go to the gnu-FreeFont-downloads and get the current one (freefont-otf-20120503.tar.gz) direct link
tar.gz is ... a ZIP (a not so technical expression ;) -- a compressed tar-archive is the technical term


direct link

There are so many other fonts out there...

The list is growing ... it's meant for a quick hint to get information for reproducible results

Why do we need this?

Take a look on this multi-language example of polyglossia output. Are you familiar with all letters?
So you know the Amharic, Arabic, Cyrilic, Divehi, Greek, Latin, N'Ko, Sanskrit,Syriac, Thai ... letters? You are quite lucky as some other people just see symbols and patterns and want to know how text should look like.

INFO Editing is permitted NOW - will change it to "comments only" after data is filled in

hints on typesetting multiple languages edit

typeset the words hello and good morning and compare your results to the pictures from the spreadsheet

Test on the screen edit

Create the PDF and test if the sentences, words, letters, numbers and symbols are correct.

Test on paper edit

Print it once again and test again:
sentences, words, letters, numbers and symbols are correct?

If YES - you maybe want to do the big print-job now...

Layout of google-spreadsheet edit

Use the following link to get to the google spreadsheet

  1. Language - the English language-description - one of 7865 from here:
  2. ISO 639-3 Code - this is the 3-letter code from the list above (first column)
  3. Script - 4-letter-code - refer to this list to describe if you use Arabic (Arab), Cyrillic (Cyrl), Greek (Grek), Latin (Latn)
  4. polyglossia - if your language is contained in the currently supported list please add the name here (see page 5) - if it is not contained - leave that field empty.
  5. polyglossia-opt - hints on locales or variants for typesetting in XeTeX
  6. Autonym - the name used by people to refer to their language - written in the native language
  7. Autonym-picture - upload the picture to wikibooks and place reference here
  8. Font used for picture
  9. Hello
  10. Hello - picture - upload the picture to wikibooks and place reference here
  11. Font used for picture of Hello
  12. good morning
  13. good morning- picture - upload the picture to wikibooks and place reference here
  14. Font used for picture of good morning

compatible fonts edit

Why to prefer OpenType (OTF) over other font-formats like TTF: linuxlibertine and OpenType

this is a list of compatible fonts that are tested on different systems: [1]