Fix for viewing Tamil font in Chrome - Ubuntu

It seems like the Chrome browser in Ubuntu has some issues in displaying Tamil fonts. I guess, other Indian languages also might be having the same issue. The weirdest thing is Firefox was displaying the Tamil content properly.

So, after searching through the Chromium group for a while, found the fix for this issue.

To fix Tamil font in Ubuntu Chrome

  1. Open Terminal
  2. Go to the folder: cd /usr/share/fonts/truetype/freefont
  3. Delete *FreeSerif.ttf: *sudo rm FreeSerif.ttf
  4. Delete *FreeSans.ttf: *sudo rm FreeSans.ttf
  5. Close and re-open the browser.

The Tamil font should be displayed properly now.

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Veerasundar is a Software Engineer, currently working at Salesforce as a Lead Member of Technical Staff. He has over 16 years of industry experience, building consumer facing web applications. He lives in Chennai, India.

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