Re: many blank buttons in (math) greek letters palette

On Tuesday, June 24, 2003 8:57 PM
"Irene Vatton" <> wrote:

> On Tue, 24 Jun 2003 14:30:13 +0800
> "Dekai Wu" <> wrote:
> > We have a number of folks using Amaya 8.0 on Linux (Red Hat 9.0).
> > For the last 66 buttons as well as the 1st button, the buttons are
> > not labeled. (This makes math mode unusable, since the missing
> > labeled buttons include essential characters like greater-or-equal,
> > plus-or-minus, approximately, set operators, logical operators,
> > summation, root, differentiation, etc.)
> >
> > If clicked, the buttons do generate the correct characters, so it's
> > just a problem of labeling the buttons. Perhaps the wrong font is
> > used by default. (The main Amaya window has no problem with
> > displaying those characters, so it's not that the machines don't
> > have a suitable font installed.)
> >
> > If the problem indeed turns out to be the choice of font used
> > for the palette, then given that Red Hat is such a common Linux
> > distribution, perhaps a different default font could be used
> > in the next release?
> >
> > In the meantime, any ideas on a workaround? Perhaps advice
> > on some font to install?
> Amaya uses esstix fonts and the font requested to display the keyboard is
>    "-ttf-esstixone-*-*-*-*-14-*-*-*-*-*-*-*"
> See in the FAQ how to load and install these fonts.

Thank you for the suggestion. We went through these steps but the
problem persisted. It appears to be an incompatibility between Amaya
and the GTK version in RedHat 9.0. Here's why:

1. We managed to install RPMS package version of Amaya 8.0 (GTK
   version), which was downloaded from, onto RedHat 9.0.
   We experienced the font problem on the Greek Letters palette.

2. We installed the same RPM (GTK) package on a PC running
   Mandrake Linux 9.1. No problem with the Greek Letters palette.

3. We compiled Amaya 8.0 from the source code with GTK option
   on RedHat 9.0. The resultant binary still exhibits the same
   font display problem on the Greek Letters palette.

4. We compiled Amaya 8.0 from the source code, using Motif (lesstif)
   instead of GTK (ie.  --without-gtk). No problem with the Greek
   Letters palette, even without installing the esstix fonts.

5. On Solaris platform, we compiled Amaya 8.0 from the source code,
   with GTK option. No problem with the Greek Letters palette.

Our RedHat 9.0 (not 8.0!) systems were created with the vanilla
installation process, and should not be the cause of the problem.
It should be easy to replicate the problem by trying step (3) above.
Hope this info is useful.

    Thanks and regards,

Dr. Dekai Wu, Human Language Technology Center, HKUST
Dept of Computer Science, Univ of Science & Technology, Clear Water Bay,
Hong Kong
tel +852 2358.7000 / dir +852 2358.6989 / fax +852 2358.1477 /

Received on Thursday, 26 June 2003 02:29:17 UTC