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Re: [tdf-discuss] LibreOffice should have own "LibreOfficeFont"


2010/12/6 Zaphod Feeblejocks <zaphodfj@gmail.com>

Personally I would like to see active discouragement of the use of
Times New Roman, Georgia, Verdana, Arial, Calibri, Cambia, etc. as
they are restricted to Microsoft product use only, resulting in
impossible verbatim compatibility.

My concern is this:

Several years ago I started using Garamond on almost everything - long
before I knew is
was MS.  I have many old documents that use it.  I have Garamond installed
on Ubuntu for
that reason.

I can easily use jGaramond and tell Writer at my end to subsitute Garamond
with
jGaramond.

However, if I send a document to a Windows user they probably do not have
jGaramond.  If
I have selected jGaramond at my end, it is likely to be rendered as Times
New Roman at
the reciever.

An easy way to specify:
1- font to use at my end;
2- preferred replacement font, if (1) is not available would be good.


The problem with this is that
a) you can never know what fonts the reader will have installed (e.g. if you
used Calibri and the replacement font is Arial, Linux users won't get either
font)
b) you will have to make sure your document looks good with both original
and replaced fonts

I think a better solution would be to:
a) offer to download and install missing open-source fonts (using
open-source fonts would be an advantage here): quick mockup at
http://clickortap.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/citrus-question.png
b) replace fonts with fonts the same typeface (serif, sans-serif, mono) and
as similar metrics as possible (this might already be the current way of
doing things)

Also, if the user options to do so, instead of installing fonts on the
machine, how about just automatically pulling them off the internet, and
when the user is done with the document, simply deleting them?
This would make it effortless to view a document with various open-source
fonts that you don't have installed on your system.

- kinda like the way I tell my phone to use Meteor when in Ireland, and if
that is not
available, to use O2.

If this is already possible, please reply politely to tell me to RTFM and
I'll be quiet!

TIA,

z

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