Manually Choose a Fallback Font for Unicode22 Jul 2014, by Artur Malabarba.
Jon Snader over at Irreal mentioned that Trey Harris shared on G+ how to use a fallback font for Unicode Symbols. I won't repeat what they said here, you've probably seen it already (and if you haven't then go). I merely come to offer my own solution to this predicament, which doesn't require any package installation and is pretty configurable to boot.
I ran into this a few months ago, while optimising my jabber+gtalk setup, and the answer turns out to be remarkably simple. After installing Symbola on your system, it's a 1-line solution.
- If you just glanced over that, go back and read the first function's name. Now try to say it 3 times quickly.
- The documentation of
set-fontset-fontdoesn't even remotely allude to the fact it can be used for setting a fallback fonts. Makes me wonder its intended purpose.
:size 20argument (which you're free to remove) increases the size of this font only. It's useful because some complex unicode symbols are hard to see in small font.
nilwould allow you to restrict the range of glyphs affected by this font. Setting it to
nilmakes it the fallback font.