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How do I get keyboard entry for the SIL Ezra font?

asked 2019-04-16 20:05:36 +0200

KevLeach gravatar image

I recently updated to LibreOffice 6.x. I use a SIL Ezra Hebrew font that works fine in all my other programs and previously worked in LO. Now, however, I cannot enter the fonts with the keyboard. When I try, I simply get the English text. I am able to manually enter by inserting a "special character," but the keyboard entry does not work. Also, a previously saved document comes up with English characters instead of the SIL Ezra Hebrew characters, even though the font name listed above is correct. Keyboard entry works fine in other programs. What am I missing? Thanks.

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A quick web search shows that the font in question is non-Unicode. This might be a problem. Find a Unicode analog.

gabix gravatar imagegabix ( 2019-04-17 08:08:44 +0200 )edit

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answered 2019-04-16 21:20:14 +0200

KH gravatar image

Not sure what's going on, but here are some suggestions:

  1. What does the font name look like in the font dropdown in LO? If it's italic, LO isn't finding anything with that name.
  2. Check the "complex text layout" l settings in Options > Language Settings > Languages and make sure Hebrew is enabled. You may also need to make sure an appropriate font is selected, either in the "Basic Fonts (CTL)" options menu, in the paragraph style settings, or using manual formatting (the font dropdown). I think these settings are per-document, so you will have to test a new and an existing document separately.
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That did not work. Strange thing is that I can manually insert the characters of that font by Insert | Special Character . . . I just cannot use normal keyboard values. Other fonts work fine, including other Hebrew fonts. Problem is that I need this particular SIL Ezra font for compatibility with existing documents. It has worked before and is working with all other programs -- just not with LibreOffice.

KevLeach gravatar imageKevLeach ( 2019-04-17 17:47:34 +0200 )edit

One more thing. When I launch existing documents that were created in earlier versions of LibreOffice, the SIL Ezra fonts show as English, even though the toolbar displays "SIL Ezra"

KevLeach gravatar imageKevLeach ( 2019-04-17 17:49:36 +0200 )edit

One more idea. A quick Google search suggests that "SIL Ezra" is pre-unicode font, and has been superseded by "Ezra SIL". See, section "Data Conversion".

KH gravatar imageKH ( 2019-04-17 20:34:11 +0200 )edit
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