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bug #55450: Free Serif's bold Italic small letter d in cyrillic is rendered as g in latin

Submitter:  Goce Mitevski <sepokroce>
Submitted:  Fri 11 Jan 2019 08:18:20 PM UTC
Category:  individual character(s) Severity:  3 - Normal
Item Group:  glyph(s) incorrect Status:  Fixed
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  Stevan_White
Open/Closed:  Open Release:  * development
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Sat 12 Jan 2019 04:44:04 PM UTC, comment #5: 

I will do that. 
Thanks for your report.  Let us know if you see any other problems!

Steve White <Stevan_White>
Group administrator
Sat 12 Jan 2019 01:28:33 PM UTC, comment #4: 

Hi Steve,

I confirm that the issue is now resolved and the small letter d renders correctly in Cyrillic bold italic.

I attached a new screenshot with the same text rendered with the update version of FreeSerif.

Huge thank you for the prompt response and for your help!

Please create a new release, if possible, so that the corrected files are accessible to everyone at https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/freefont/.

Goce Mitevski <sepokroce>
Sat 12 Jan 2019 01:00:10 PM UTC, comment #3: 

Hi Goce,

I think I have been misunderstanding you.

As I now understand you, in South Slavic text, you expect the italic Cyrillic d to look like the Latin g.  This is also my undertanding of the correct orthography.

You originally reported this as a problem with the 2012 release.  The behavior is now corrected, I think.

I'll send you a recent build of the font.

Steve White <Stevan_White>
Group administrator
Sat 12 Jan 2019 08:57:33 AM UTC, comment #2: 

Hi Steve,

I used https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/freefont/freefont-otf-20120503.tar.gz to generate the screenshots, within an HTML page with <html lang="mk">, but this also happens when I use the font in LibreOffice or any other application that supports special characters for different locales (locl).

Please see the cell in the third row of the Macedonian column here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macedonian_alphabet#/media/File:Cyrillic_cursive.svg. That is the correct letter d the font needs to load for Macedonian and Serbian Cyrillic. It is indeed loaded correctly for the italic version of the font, but not when bold italic version is used. I suppose this is either a mapping error or a problem with an incorrectly-copied glyph.

So the correct d should be like the one on https://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/download.php?file_id=45938, just bold. That's the second letter in the second group here: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/95/Latin_G.png.

Goce Mitevski <sepokroce>
Fri 11 Jan 2019 09:59:51 PM UTC, comment #1: 


This will happen if your text is in a South Slavic language, Bosnian, Macedonian, or Serbian.

And it will happen in italic faces, not just bold italic.

And it follows information I had.  See the image at

Is that source incorrect?

If it is happening for some other language, something is wrong -- please send me the original file with which you made the images.

Steve White <Stevan_White>
Group administrator
Fri 11 Jan 2019 08:18:20 PM UTC, original submission:  

When using Free Serif and use it with a text in Cyrillic which is both bold and italic at the same time, the small letter d is rendered as a latin g. This only happens when the text is both bold and italic. When only italic, the small Cyrillic letter d is rendered properly.

Please check the properly named attachments for further reference.

Goce Mitevski <sepokroce>


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    Date Changed by Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced by
    2019-01-12 Stevan_White StatusNeed info Fixed
    2019-01-12 sepokroce Attached File- Added bold-italic-d-cyrillic-fixed.png, #45944
    2019-01-11 Stevan_White StatusNone Need info
        Assigned toNone Stevan_White
        Release2012-05-03 development
    2019-01-11 sepokroce Attached File- Added bold-italic-d-cyrillic-incorrect.png, #45937
        Attached File- Added italic-d-cyrillic-correct.png, #45938

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