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Support for Hebrew language? Squares when receiving Hebrew.

asked 2014-01-08 23:57:15 +0300

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updated 2014-01-19 20:03:14 +0300

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Is it possible to have the phone with Hebrew language ? I get only empty squares when someone send me stuff in hebrew.

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answered 2014-01-17 06:26:21 +0300

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This is the same problem as with Arabic, at https://together.jolla.com/question/7555/arabic-characters-not-shown-in-email/

There are actually fonts for both Arabic and Hebrew installed, but due to an unknown fontconfig(?) problem, they're ignored for the character fallback. There is a very technical hack to get them working (posted on the arabic thread), but no proper solution yet. I have a suspicion that we may need to update fontconfig, but I haven't investigated the issue very far.

The font I'm referring to is Droid Sans Hebrew. Are there other suggestions for an openly licensed hebrew font that would be preferable?

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How about Nachlieli CLM from the Culmus Project? http://culmus.sourceforge.net/ See also this reference chart: http://opensiddur.org/wp-content/fonts/Open-Siddur-Project-Hebrew-Font-Pack-comparison-v.1.15.pdf A general nice overview: http://opensiddur.org/tools/fonts/

tad ( 2014-01-17 13:29:42 +0300 )edit

I'm not sure that they are the best. One good point for them is that they appear in the configuration and hence require no further mucking with font-config. That said, I fail to understand why the existing font-config configuration does not configure Droid-Sans-Hebrew for sans-serif.

Other font families:

tzafrir ( 2015-02-07 23:57:50 +0300 )edit

Is there any fixing progress with this? I just stumbled on this bug as well. What exactly is the problem with Droid Sans? It can't be used with the version of fontconfig in Sailfish?

DejaVu is a good example too.

shmerl ( 2015-07-29 21:09:56 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-01-23 22:57:07 +0300

Keeper-of-the-Keys gravatar image

It's very much WIP but Schturman on TMO found that adding FreeSans worked: http://talk.maemo.org/showpost.php?p=1408245&postcount=106

It would be very nice if Jolla added an 'official' font, but in the mean time this is a good interim solution.

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Thanks to this post I can now read Hebrew text on my Jolla: downloaded an app from OpenRepos (Schturman) and it works!

K and J ( 2015-01-27 15:09:22 +0300 )edit

FreeSans (and the rest of the fonts in that family) are readable but generally ugly. Please opt to use something better (at least for Hebrew). They'll make your eyes hurt in the long run.

tzafrir ( 2015-02-07 23:59:38 +0300 )edit

I just followed the instruction for the VKB installation in the above link and I also got Hebrew fonts displaying correctly in SMS.

Thank you!

Equilibrius ( 2015-03-11 22:31:11 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-02-07 23:55:34 +0300

tzafrir gravatar image
  1. What does it take to have this support enabled by default?
  2. I ended up copying the Culmus fonts and rebooting. Is there a way to refresh the list of installed fonts short of reboot? With X I would do that with 'fc-cache' (I tried it. Didn't work).
  3. I note that there are common font families with better Hebrew support than Droid. Deja-Vu comes to mind.
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answered 2014-02-02 23:07:12 +0300

updated 2014-02-02 23:07:45 +0300

(Same answer as i gave at https://together.jolla.com/question/7555/arabic-characters-not-shown-in-email/) In order to use Droid Sans as fonts for hebrew — copy settings from root with follow command and reboot:

cp /usr/share/fontconfig/conf.avail/55-droid-s* /etc/fonts/conf.avail/


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Maybe installing hebrew keyboard helps? https://openrepos.net/content/schturman/hebrew-vkb

ramoth ( 2014-02-02 23:15:17 +0300 )edit

1st) it did not, but Shturman fixed it in new version (as font it self was not copied properly). 2nd) It's not for keyboard layout but to see hebrew font 3rd)I prefer to use builtin out of box solution with font on device, instead of installing new fonts(it's already there, why not use it?)

ZogG ( 2014-02-02 23:28:00 +0300 )edit

@ZogG unfortunately your workaround didn't work on my device :( any ideas?

tad ( 2014-09-20 14:40:12 +0300 )edit

@tad, last time i did it was on one of first updates, i do not use Jolla except as candy crush so i do not really tried it after updates. I think you should ping Shturman as he uses it as everyday device afaik and he is from israel as well

ZogG ( 2014-09-26 01:20:43 +0300 )edit

So have it been fixed? Can you have now hebrew or not (is there solution?)

Isänmaan Sisu ( 2015-01-09 23:07:34 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-02-22 14:49:01 +0300

niv gravatar image

I got my new phone, and upgraded to I still saw squares and no Hebrew letters. I ran the copy and rebooted, still hebrew appears as squares.

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@niv - I tried this one from Schturman https://openrepos.net/content/schturman/hebrew-vkb-2-arrows-toggle-en-he

After installing it, I went to Terminal and entered killall maliit-server - which initially didn't help, so I rebooted the phone. The Hebrew keyboard and language now shows and I can see characters not boxes - so I'd say there is support for you.(I don't speak or write in Hebrew, I'm just trying to help you).

Before restarting maliit or rebooting phone; image description

After restarting maliit and rebooting phone; image description

Hebrew keyboard in action; image description

Hope this helps you.


Spam Hunter ( 2015-02-22 15:28:55 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-02-23 13:39:47 +0300

niv gravatar image

I had to reboot, but this seems to solve the issue.

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