On 09/09/2013 06:04 PM, Virgil Arrington wrote:
On 09/09/2013 02:49 PM, Kracked_P_P---webmaster wrote:
I am a font person, and do not use the Libertine and Biolinium fonts
often. But I agree with your statement that each version of LO is
displaying and printing better than the last one, some some people. The
"graphics" engine that renders the fonts is improving.
I too use LO for both my Linux and Windows systems. I have not
installed any non-trial version of MSO since MSO2003.
As a font person, I use a lot of "specialty fonts" over the years. So
the better the package works with fonts, the better it is for me. I use
to have to take some fonts and change them to JPG files just to use them
in document. Now that is almost a thing of the past, depending how
complex the font actually is.
As for not using those two font "families", well, I have over 14 GB of
fonts in my font collection and I try to stay below 400 installed fonts
at any time. We are talking about 40 font files for the two, if you
included all of different "styles". So I am not installing most of them
While I love playing with fonts, I'm mostly interested in good book
style fonts, time-proven classics like Garamond, Goudy Old Style, or
Century Schoolbook. While Times New Roman is the most ubiquitous, at
least in the Windows world, it's condensed nature doesn't lend itself
to long-term comfortable reading. That said, Robert Bringhurst, in his
book, The Elements of Typographic Style, says it's better to use a
font like Times if you have all the expert effects, than to use a
better font without them.
This is where Linux Libertine G comes in. Although it is modeled after
Times, it's not quite as condensed, so it works better for longer
documents. But, with LO, one has access to all sorts of expert
effects, making it a full featured typeface. While I might prefer a
different font, I'd rather use Libertine to full effect than a less
Another excellent free typeface is OFL Sorts Mill Goudy. It uses old
style numbering by default. But, it lacks a boldface font.
The big thing about having a very large collection of fonts, is you can
from time to time find one that works better for a "job" than than the
one you used before.
Also, if you need to use a specific font for a document/project, you
either have it or can find one that will work 99% as well.
It has been a long time since I did any real comparison between fonts,
serif to serif, sans to sans, etc., but there are sites out there with
list of alternative fonts. I usually have one of these alternatives. I
also have a full Adobe font library from the mid-to-late 2000's. I jeep
the Type-One fonts in a compressed folder and only keep the TTF and OTF
ones to compare to from time to time.
I have downloaded a few of the "The League Of. . ." fonts before, any I
believe I have that "Goudy" one as well. I do not want to go looking
for it right now. I am not actively adding to me collection anymore,
except for some really "specialty fonts" Tom Davis [on these lists] can
tell you about some of them. Things like letters made up of bones for
Halloween and other "interestingly" designed ones for the other holidays
in the USA. If you love trains, I have a collection of train related
fonts as well.
BUT, for the most part, 80% of the Serif fonts looks a lot like a large
number of other Serif ones. The same goes for San-Serif. When you get
down to it, there are some good free fonts out there that are 99%
similar to paid ones. I prefer to use free ones. I use the MS-Core
fonts that are included with most Linux installs, when dealing with MS
Office people and their documents. They seem to prefer that for some
reason. . .
One day, I will start going through my fonts and start comparing them
again. But that is a long long process. I hope to find a comprehensive
font comparison site one of these days so I do not need to do all this
As for "book" fonts and such, as my book editor friend tells me, if the
publisher prefers to publish the books in a certain font family, then
you use that font family for your documents. They should have spent a
lot of time and money deciding which fonts work with which type of books
and content. So I will not challenge their efforts.
For myself, if I decide to, I will take a paragraph to a page worth of
text and print it out with various font types and styles to see which
one works best for me and those I show the pages to. My idea of easy
reading might not be others, with Dyslexia and 3 strokes to muddle my
brain with. Actually there are some specific fonts created for people
like me [with my brain issues] for easier reading that the "standard
As for books about fonts and typography, well I have only one and that
was printed when word processing was in its early stages and there was
not many fonts to choose from.
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