The assorted finds of Artefact Publishing

No go with Mozilla CTL

It all went relatively easily, compiling a CTL-enabled build of Mozilla 1.5. I had to install some extra Debian packages, and not use GTK-2, but the make and make install parts went without hitch, first time. No doubt this is why the binary doesn’t render Indic scripts any better than my vanilla Mozilla Firebird. I am, naturally, a trifle disappointed, since I followed the instructions at, including registering with Sun in order to download one of their fonts.

Oh well, I guess they’ve got until March 2007 to get it sorted.

Posted by jamie on November 29, 2003 17:02+13:00


Curious. The display did not change at all for the better?

Posted by: आलोक कुमार on December 4, 2003 07:43+13:00

Nope. Short i is still placed after the consonant it should visually precede, while the superpositioned vowel marks (e, ai) follow the consonant, rather than being over it.

about:buildconfig reports the following configure arguments: --prefix=/usr/local --disable-debug --disable-tests --disable-short-wchar --enable-xprint --enable-strip-libs --enable-crypto --enable-mathml --enable-oji --enable-extensions=all --enable-ldap --with-system-zlib --enable-freetype2 --without-system-mng --without-system-png --disable-mailnews --enable-xft --enable-ctl --disable-composer --with-user-appdir=.ctlmoz --disable-pedantic

The font preferences for devanāgarī have Saraswati5 listed. The only thing I can think of is that the Saraswati font I downloaded from Sun was TrueType, and are listed in xlsfonts as -altsys-saraswati5-medium-r-normal--0-0-0-0-p-0-iso10646-1. The font howto mentions cdac as part of the name, and there is mention on the site of PCF fonts also. Might this be key?

[Edited to provide correct font name — medium weight, not bold.]

Posted by: Jamie on December 4, 2003 09:21+13:00

there is mention on the site of PCF fonts also. Might this be key?

The fonts I used were pcf. TrueType fonts were not present at the site then. They do work fine for me. Since --enable-ctl exists on your buildconfig, that seems to be the only difference between my build and yours, except that mine was not on debian, which shouldn't matter.

Posted by: आलोक कुमार on December 4, 2003 15:36+13:00

In which case, given any action on my part at this point would constitute random changes, I shall leave it alone until a new version of Mozilla is out, and try again then.

Posted by: Jamie on December 4, 2003 17:12+13:00

Jaime, I had the exact same issue as you have. I managed to solve the problem yesterday, if you want to know how, then email me at and i will send you all the info.

all the best

Posted by: सुमेध ठकार on January 9, 2004 07:58+13:00


Have a look at That's what सुमेध above is talking about.


Posted by: आलोक कुमार on January 11, 2004 20:18+13:00