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Am 07.03.2011, 13:50 Uhr, schrieb webmaster for Kracked Press Productions <>:

What I know about fonts and the way it SHOULD be displayed in a menu is this: Every font file name should be listed in the "window" showing the font name. If you have Frutiger 45 Light and Frutiger 55 Roman as font names in your font folder [Windows or Linux], then each font should be displayed separately, not grouped together under one name Frutiger. I know that could sounds wrong. If you have Arial "plain", Italic, Bold, Bold Italic, etc., you get one listing for Arial and you can make use of all those styles. But you are using Frutiger 45 and 55 which are two different fonts. I have Caslon 224 and Caslon 540. These are two different fonts. The "45" and "55" are telling you that they are different fonts, and they should be listed separately.

The thing is that lots of fonts come with separate files for the reagular and bold, and italic, and bold italic variety. So if someone saw fit to add another weight, (and this is not a different font, just a different weight, because there's also "Frutiger 46 light italic" and so on in mix. So usually every software will group the bold, italic and bold/italic variety together, but not others.

Alright, if this is the standard (and Im not learned in these things) I'm gonna go along (haha, as if I had a choice).

But I'd feel it'd be easier not only for me but in general if a font with multiple weights would not be displayed as seperate fonts but as one. Would unclutter the font list, too. Would of course also be difficult it work reliably (if there are just the four standard weights, use those, if there are more use those, too, if there are fewer, gernerate the standard set yourself, but what to do if there's a non-standard weight of some font and the font is switched?), and if it's against the standard, that'd be a problem for sure. I can see that.

I hope I did not confuse you completely.
No, don't worry :)
Dealing with some designer's ideas of creating 25 version of the same font that look 95% the same, gives me headaches. I deal with a font project sorting out over 100,000 fonts where too many of the serif fonts looked like all the other serif fonts and if you overlap them, you get almost the same positions of the lines.

You have my sympathy. I'm writing technical stuff, but I still want it to look decent, and keep wondering why these complications have to get in the way and subtract from the time I have to deal with other complications completely unrelated to typesetting.

However, at least from my view it was easier the way OOo 3.2 handled it. Although even worse than either way is to change it every other version, so I guess I'll have to live with it now. Or should there be an option in the settings somewhere?


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