Note: This question was edited to changed the offensive term ‘tofu’ to ‘white square.’
Sometime in the past 2 days my system lost the ability to properly render Aramaic in LibreOffice. Everything is fine in my other programs, my LO Writer is rendering ‘white square,’ and LO Calc is rendering ‘white square’ about half the time, and the proper characters the rest of the time.
I’ve used this system for ancient languages for years, and other than regular updates nothing has changed on the system. I’ve run some tests, and this is also affecting Phoenician, but not Hebrew, Arabic, or other RTL scripts.
Does anyone know what could be causing this?
Additionally, when I select the ‘white square’ in LO Writer, and go to Format->Character->Font, the proper character is rendered in the pop-up, meaning LO is internally recognizing the character, but not rendering it in the document. I assumed there was a problem with the settings in my document, however, older files that show the Aramaic text turn into a string of white square as soon as I try editing them.
And now for the strangest part, it does not affect double characters, meaning (AA) will render on screen, but not (A) or (AB), where A and B are substituted for the Aramaic letters.
Linux Mint 19.1 Cinnamon /
Cinnamon Version 4.0.10 /
LibreOffice Version: 5.3.11 /
also confirmed the same problems on LibreOffice Version: 22.214.171.124
Also tested on the following with identical results:
Pop!_OS 20.04 /
KDE Plasma Version 5.18.5 /
KDE Frameworks Version: 5.68.0 /
Qt Version: 5.12.8 /
LibreOffice Version 126.96.36.199
If anyone has experienced this before, I would appreciate any pointers on how I can resolve it without reinstalling my OS. I’ve read everything I could find in ask.libreoffice.org, and several other sites that seemed even vaguely related to the issue, but so far nothing seems relevant. Thanks in advance.
To the site admin, sorry the ‘question’ is not a ‘question.’ I’m not sure how to simplify this question. Feel free to change the ‘question’ to a ‘question’ if you can figure out what that question is.