Jennifer Hodgdon commented on FOP-2728:
Hi there, I am the person actually doing the builds...
If we remove the language="fa" attribute from the docbook file, then the text comes out left-to-right instead of right-to-left, so that is not going to work.
I can try a different font though... do you have any suggestions? FreeFarsi and Farsiweb were suggested by Navid (both have Debian/Ubuntu packages). I also tested "Farsiweb" fonts, but these do not have an Italic version, which is why I settled on FreeFarsi. I had also tried to use Noto fonts, but they do not have a TrueType font that includes Farsi, and I could not get the FOP build to work at all without a TrueType font (as far as I can tell, it doesn't support OpenType fonts, only TrueType).
> Persian (Farsi) output problem with FOP
> Key: FOP-2728
> URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/FOP-2728 > Project: FOP
> Issue Type: Bug
> Components: renderer/pdf
> Affects Versions: 2.1
> Environment: Ubuntu 16.04 with xmlto 0.0.28
> Reporter: Navid Emami
> Labels: drupal
> Attachments: mkebooks.sh, pdf-farsi.xsl, sample-output-final.zip, sample-output.zip
> We are having trouble making Persian (Farsi) language output with FOP.
> We are using the *xmlto* script with the --with-fop option to convert a DocBook file to PDF using FOP, which uses XSLT to first make a FO file, and then FOP to convert to PDF. We used the --noclean option to capture the intermediate FO XML file.
> We have verified that the Persian (Farsi) characters are readable in the DocBook and FO files. However, when we generate the PDF, the output is not readable. There are both _joined_ and _separated_ letters in Persian (Farsi) language but the output in PDF format has just separated ones.
> Note that there are some font issues in the PDF output as well -- missing glyphs -- those show as # characters, and are in the chapter/section headings. However, the main body of the text has no # characters, and it still has this problem.
> * sample-output.zip contains small.docbook, small.fo, small.epub and small.pdf. The final output of PDF should be similar to EPUB.
> * sample-output-full.zip contains guide.epub and guide.pdf which are the complete documents but with wrong rendering of characters in PDF.
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