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Re: [libreoffice-design] Re: Adding Mittaphap / Droid Sans / Khmer OS Fonts to LibreOffice for Lao, Thai, and Khmer Support

Urmas wrote:

> Any OS can have those installed. Thereis no need to bundle it.

The history of including fonts in the word processing program that is being installed goes back to at least the days of the Apple ][.

The original reason for including fonts, was that that was the only way to ensure that the same fonts would be available on every computer on which the software was installed. Given the cross-platform availability of LibO in specific, and office suites in general, that reason is even more sound than it was back in 1981.

As if to emphasize the importance of having the correct fonts installed, when viewing/editing a document, there is an extension TestFonts, that walks through the Styles used in the document, and compares the fonts listed there, with the fonts that are installed, and calls attention to those that are "missing".

For languages that use the Latin writing system, a missing font is not that big of a deal.

For languages that use BiDi and CTL writing systems, the presence or absence of a specific font usually means the difference between being able to read the file, or seeing a series of blank squares, or simply white space. By including fonts in the installation base, users can be guaranteed that second and third parties can read/write/edit/view the document.

Individually, the files are not that big.

Now, if LibO were to ship with a UI for the major languages of the 250 odd writing systems in use today, then you might have a legitimate concern, but even so, the rational concern would not be with the size of the installed fonts, but with why users can't download and install the version that includes the writing system and language that they use, without picking up the 249 other writing systems that the user can neither read, nor write.

Sent from the eating establishment at the far end of the univers, at the begining of time.

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