The linked directory in this github repository contains a file chinese.svg that I originally made using inkscape on a linux machine. The drawing contains Chinese characters. If I open it on my current linux machine, the characters are garbled: they appear as a random mixture of Latin characters and punctuation. The correct rendering is shown in the file chinese.pdf in the same directory. There is no error message from inkscape when I open the file.
Any suggestions on how to diagnose and fix the problem? The first thing that occurred to me was that maybe I used to have a certain font on my machine that I don't have installed now. However, I can't find any reference to a particular font in the SVG source code, which just seems to have Font-family:Sans (see line 3):
<text xml:space="preserve" style="font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;line-height:125%;letter-spacing:0px;word-spacing:0px;fill:#000000;fill-opacity:1;stroke:none;font-family:Sans" x="97.14286" y="338.07648" id="text2985" sodipodi:linespacing="125%"><tspan sodipodi:role="line" id="tspan2987" x="97.14286" y="338.07648">弗雷德拥有两个可爱的</tspan><tspan sodipodi:role="line" x="97.14286" y="357.02667" id="tspan2989">小猎犬和一个超重的猫</tspan></text>
Or is it possible that this is a regression introduced by a certain version of inkscape? I'm using inkscape 0.48.4 r9939 (Jan 22 2014) on Linux Mint 17.