Ubuntu Font Hebrew Subset now has an issue on Launchpad

The Ubuntu Font Hebrew v0.8 Design PrototypeI opened an issue on launchpad and it was added to the Ubuntu Font Family Wishlist queue.

As an added bonus Mark Shuttleworth himself gave his blessing to this design effort (!)
It was a fun mail to start the day with 🙂

I want to quote one thing he wrote:

It *would* be useful if you could start building up a Hebrew community that can provide early and accurate feedback to DM when they start the Hebrew design process.

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Ubuntu Font, Last Update for the Weekend

Had a solid advance with the design this weekend, some more letters have been finalized (ג, ל, ת), others have better variants to choose from (צ, ש, ק).

But – I’ve got to a point where i need some more eyes to look at the design.

In version 0.7 I colored the glyphs that I’m not yet happy with their current form, or have some variants we need to choose from.
I also numbered the letters so It will be easier for non Hebrew speakers to point to a specific glyph.

Ubuntu Font Heb v0.7.pdf
Ubuntu Font Heb v0.7.ai

Ubuntu Karmic Tip: Change Gnome Language Indicator to Flag Icons

There is a long time debate in the Gnome and Ubuntu community about the use of national flags as language indicators instead of country codes.

The basic argument is that for many languages there are several nationalities that use them, and that using flags as indicators might hurt the feelings of just annoy people (What do you use for English? American flag? UK flag? Maybe Australian flag? etc.).

Further more, in the past there were incidents with the use of some controversial flags that pissed of other nationalities (I’m sure there is a link for that somewhere, can’t find it), so eventually the use of flags as indicators was abandoned.

But what if you don’t care about all this dispute and just want the freedom to use nice icons instead of plain text? There is a fairly simple solution:

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