Re: font substitution

From: Andrew Dunbar (
Date: Fri Jul 05 2002 - 00:38:42 EDT

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     --- Joaquin Cuenca Abela <> wrote:
    > --- Leonard Rosenthol <>
    > wrote:
    > >
    > > >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).
    > >
    > > Agreed.
    > >
    > > But you may also wish to alert the user as well
    > > since their
    > > document WILL reflow based on the new metrics.
    > yup. IMO that's a must. We should inform the user
    > that he is not going to see the document exactly as
    > it
    > was originally layed.
    > But we should also provide a [x] Don't show anymore
    > this dialog box, because if he sees it once, chances
    > are that the dialog box pops everytime he opens a
    > document created on an alien OS
    > > >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").
    > >
    > > I would give the user a choice about this one,
    > > given the
    > > metrics changes and that they may now be using
    > this
    > > file always on
    > > the new machine and may want it changed
    > permanently.
    > I think that by default we should pick the less
    > intrusive option (ie, soft changes), because that
    > way
    > the user can still later change the choice to "hard
    > changes" (once you do a hard change, you can not
    > come
    > back to a soft change on a given document).
    > The option of give the user the word as what it
    > wants
    > by default the first time the problem arises is
    > tempting, but I don't know if a "normal" user (I
    > mean,
    > a REALLY NORMAL ONE, not these weird guys that use
    > "lunix" or whatever :) would understand what's all
    > that "original fonts not available" businness. If
    > we go this path, we definitively will need a good
    > wording for the dialog box.

    I just thought of one further option that may be
    worth investigating.
    Would it be worthwhile to be able to specify two fonts
    for a section of text? One preferred and one in case
    the first is not available?
    When a Unix user first works on an AbiWord doc created
    on Windows they can have three options:
    1) Just use soft font remapping - change nothing.
    2) Do a "hard" font remap which changes the fonts in
       the file forever.
    3) Add the Unix fonts as the fallbacks in the
       This will be a "hard" change since it will change
       the document but the document will still retain
       exactly the same appearance as both users on both
       OSes like it.

    In fact, the easy and nice way would be to be able to
    add the font remapping table (usually only about 3
    entries) to the beginning of the AbiWord document

    We would then have "firm" font substitution (:

    Andrew Dunbar.

    > Cheers,
    > =====
    > Joaquin Cuenca Abela
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