On Mon, 23 Jul 2007 18:12:22 +0100, Gail Banaszkiewicz
> Hi everyone, I just wanted to clarify what exactly the problem describ=
> in this bug is:
> 904962 =
> At first it sounds as though fonts are actually not showing up at all
> for some platforms, but I'm wondering if the problem now is simply tha=
> the UI doesn't separate font family and variants beyond what CSS allow=
> (so no small caps, outline, swoosh, etc).
> If you can shed any light (and I bet bulia can at least), it will be
> much appreciated.
That bug report looks familiar but I think things have changed a little
Just to recap what we talked about a few weeks ago: currently (0.45.1,
Linux) any font variant names not in the very limited CSS standard usual=
(though not quite always) *DO* now appear in the UI. However, they can n=
actually be used. If one of these variants - say, "shadowed" in Gill San=
- is selected the font actually rendered will just be the plain font. In=
the cases where the variant name is a compound - eg "Ultra Bold Condense=
- then only those parts which are recognised by the system will be used =
select the font, in this case "Ultra" will be ignored but "Bold Condense=
will be rendered.
I'd really like to stress here that from a professional design point of
view, the CSS standard is totally inadequate for text designs. There is
nothing remotely typograpically unusual about "Ultra Bold Condensed",
"Heavyface", "Extended #2", or any of the other dozen or so varients I s=
every day which have no CSS equivalent. Only very limited professional
work on, for example, product labels, can be carried out using just the
CSS font parameters. They should be regarded as a crippled "Are you sure=
you want to save using only CSS font styling"-type-of-feature and not an=
end point by any means.
Also, for some fonts (and I've not worked out the pattern as to which it=
is) styles which are not recognised seem to appear as repeated instances=
of the last recognised style. For example, my Adobe Jenson Pro lists
"Regular" nine times, then "italic" nine times, then "bold" nine times,
and then "Bold Italic" nine times. Each of these can be selected and doe=
indeed produce the named variant.