[tbb-bugs] #22952 [Applications/Tor Browser]: Tor Browser Arabic Fonts Issue !

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#22952: Tor Browser Arabic Fonts Issue !
 Reporter:  sigma4111                 |          Owner:  tbb-team
     Type:  defect                    |         Status:  needs_information
 Priority:  Medium                    |      Milestone:
Component:  Applications/Tor Browser  |        Version:
 Severity:  Normal                    |     Resolution:
 Keywords:  tbb-fingerprinting-fonts  |  Actual Points:
Parent ID:  #18097                    |         Points:
 Reviewer:                            |        Sponsor:
Changes (by dcf):

 * cc: dcf (added)


 Replying to [comment:11 sigma4111]:
 > Hi. I tried so many Arabic fonts in previous hrs.
 > Unfortuantly, I think that we can not fix this issue. The cause is the
 following: there are so many Arabic fonts (1000s) but unfortuantly most of
 them are decorated ! This mean that most of them are useless to our issue
 because they make it more un-approperiat. Also, the convenent Arabic fonts
 that can make display of site O.K are the following:
 > - Arial (default fonts used by site itself = it's real font)
 > - Time new roman
 > - Arabic transparent
 > - Simplified Arabic
 > All of above 4 fonts are not free in terms that needed so as to be
 included in Tor !!

 I want to thank you for taking the time to test so many fonts.

 How about the fonts at https://ar.wikipedia.org/, are they they same (bad)
 as on your sample page? Or does it look okay? Wikipedia also seems to be
 using `font-family: sans-serif, Arial`.

 I wonder, is it a difference between Naskh and Kufi scripts? To me, the
 Kufi version looks more "sans-serif" (perhaps a better match for Arial).
  * [https://www.google.com/get/noto/#naskh-arab Noto Naskh Arabic]
  * [https://www.google.com/get/noto/#kufi-arab Noto Kufi Arabic]

 Tor Browser contains NotoNaskhArabic-Regular.ttf but not NotoKufiArabic-
 Regular.ttf. If it really makes pages look better, we could consider
 adding NotoKufiArabic-Regular.ttf.

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/22952#comment:13>
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