On Mon, 18 Jun 2012 16:54:14 +0200
Michael Hampicke <gentoo-user@...> wrote:
> Am 18.06.2012 16:15, schrieb walt:
> > On 06/18/2012 04:01 AM, Michael Hampicke wrote:
> >> Thing is, when I view messages in Thunderbird - I use TB13 - that
> >> are encoded in GB2312 and have chinese characters in them, the
> >> font looks rather ugly. Unicode messages with or without chinese
> >> characters look much better. I attached a screenshot for you to
> >> see what I mean.
> > I've never noticed until now that in the tb preferences dialog, in
> > the Display tab, there is an 'Advanced' button next to 'Fonts'.
> > That Advanced dialog offers to let you select different fonts for
> > 'Western', 'Japanese', 'Chinese', etc. You might try changing some
> > of those settings as an experiment.
> Dead on! Never saw that tiny button! Just changed the font from 'Sans
> Serif' to 'DejaVu Sans' for all 3 chinese languages, and now
> everything looks perfectly fine.
Sans Serif is not a real font, it's usually a symlink. Same with Serif
and Monospace. They are supposed to be generic things where you can
specify the default font you like of those three types.
Your Sans Serif is apparently not set, it's using what looks like
Helvetica (yuck). Use font-config to set it to DejaVu Sans instead (or
nay other decent font of your liking) and things like this won;t happen
anywhere else on your box.