Unicode characters are getting started to substitute the conventional text in GNOME, leading at -least in theory- in a more clear typography. There is a long discussion about it in Desktop List, after Nautilus set to use Ellipsis; this is not just about Nautilus, G-C-C also uses Unicodes, since GTK has now a better support for Ellipses.
Take Advantage of Unicode
GTK Apps developers can take advantage of the following Unicodes, however this table is still under active development, so you have to keep track on Typography Guidelines for updates.
|Usage||Incorrect||Correct||Unicode to use||C octal escaped UTF-8||Key sequence|
|Quotation||“quote”||“quote”||U+201C LEFT DOUBLE QUOTATION MARK, U+201D RIGHT DOUBLE QUOTATION MARK||\342\200\234, \342\200\235||Level3 + V, Level3 + B|
|Multiplication||1024×768||1024×768||U+00D7 MULTIPLICATION SIGN||\303\227||Compose + X + X|
|Ellipsis||Introducing…||Introducing…||U+2026 HORIZONTAL ELLIPSIS||\342\200\246||Compose + . + .|
|Apostrophe||The user’s preferences||The user’s preferences||U+2019 RIGHT SINGLE QUOTATION MARK||\342\200\231||Level3 + Shift + B|
|Bullet list||- One\n- Two\n- Three||• One\n • Two\n • Three||U+2022 BULLET||\342\200\242||Compose + . + =|
Paying some attention and improving GNOME Typography is certainly something that has to be done. Cantarell the default GNOME Font Family doesn’t do quite good in rendering small fonts, therefore many Fedora users change it to other Font Families.
Jakub Steiner released some days Cantarell 0.11 version..
- use ligature lookup tables
- make digits monospaced for bold
..and he is still actively working on them. Speaking of Fedora, the upcoming Spherical Cow has definitely a better Font rendering from the previous releases (without catching up with Ubuntu’s quality), and you won’t need to hack it anymore.