From: Mark Gilbert (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Jul 03 2002 - 13:43:18 EDT
Just open a dialog "Unable to locate font XYZ, defaulting to times new
roman" and leave it simple.
On Wed, 2002-07-03 at 13:25, Joaquín Cuenca Abela wrote:
> I don't know how to implement a font substitution algorithm that makes
> sense. The problem:
> fonts used in windows are not usually available on others systems. When
> you try to open on linux an abiword file that comes from windows, it
> will have "Times New Roman", "Arial", etc fonts, but the linux guy
> doesn't has these fonts.
> If we substitute these fonts for something else, we have to indicate it
> in the GUI, ie. if we change Arial for Helvetica, we have to show in the
> font family combo box the Helvetica name (as this is the font the
> abiword is using to display the text).
> This substitution should be a "only visual" one (only the string in the
> GUI is affected, but the doc is still saved with "Arial"), or a "hard"
> one (the file is saved with "Helvetica").
> If the substitution is "hard", what if the user makes a silly change,
> saves the doc, and send it back to the windows user? The windows user
> will open it, and abiword will have to do another substitution from
> "Helvetica" to something else (supposing that the substituted font will
> be "Arial" is wrong, the windows user may very well have Helvetica
> If the substitution is "only visual", say that the linux user adds a new
> paragraph in "Helvetica", it will be saved in the doc as a "Helvetica"
> paragraph, while the others paragraphs will be still "Arial" (and the
> GUI is saying that all them have exactly the same font). That's a real
> problem. Say a peer makes half an assignment in windows, using "Times
> New Roman", and that I finish it in my linux computer, using "Nimbus
> Roman" (that, AFAICS is the same font used by my windows peer). I send
> back him the assignment, and... surprise! half the assignment uses a
> font, and the other half uses a different font. That's not good.
> Anybody knows what should I do to solve this problem?
> Joaquín Cuenca Abela
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