Re: font substitution

From: Andrew Dunbar (
Date: Wed Jul 03 2002 - 22:41:58 EDT

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     --- Randy Kramer <> wrote: > Joaquín
    Cuenca Abela wrote:
    > >
    > > On Wed, 2002-07-03 at 19:43, Mark Gilbert wrote:
    > > > Just open a dialog "Unable to locate font XYZ,
    > defaulting to times new
    > > > roman" and leave it simple.
    > >
    > > ok, but after the dialog box, what should I do,
    > "hard" substitution or
    > > "only visual" substitution?
    > >
    > > I'm personally tempted by a "hard" substitution
    > I'd recommend visual only.
    > And, not all fonts have to default to times new
    > roman -- arial should
    > default to helvetica and so on.

    Absolutely. There should be a preference editor
    somewhere where the user can set which fonts
    for which fonts. Somewhat like in Mozilla.
    We should have standard font "types" and classify a
    minimal set along these lines to help the user out:
    Serif, Sans-serif, Script, Monospace.
    We'll also need this to be on a per-script basis at a
    later point: Roman, Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew, etc.

    Something to watch out here will be the horrors
    abounding in the Symbol and Dingbats fonts which think
    they are letters. These will probably need some
    special handling. Especially if we still haven't
    converted all our Symbol font code to work in Unicode
    instead of the weird symbol font ugliness.

    I know web browesers have UIs for font-subsitution of
    a kind. I don't know what Word Processors do. I tend
    to think MS Word doesn't let the user have control
    here since all Windows users probably have the same
    fonts. Does anybody know?

    Andrew Dunbar.

    > Randy Kramer


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