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Kracked_P_P wrote:


First - - -
Everyone has their own opinion of which font is the most "wonderful" one
that they have used.

Second - - -
There are a few "ideas" on what a "book" font is, but for me a book font
is one that is really easy to read for extended periods, like in a
hardcover novel or paperback.

Third - - -
Times-Roman - Times is the generic font name.  Many fonts started from
the "generic Times" look.  Roman is actually a type of style for the
most part.  Some equate Roman as the same as "normal" or "un-styled".
Times-Roman is a "classic" font that is used by many computer systems as
the original default font.  There are other "Times" fonts, including
"Times", "Times New Roman" "Times Europa", "Old Times", just to name a
few that I have seen or have in my font collection.

If you really want to see how many "Times" fonts there are, or which
fonts came from Times, then go to the Wiki page and you may be
surprised.  I do not remember which version of Times is part of the MS
core fonts that is installed with Windows, or installed in Linux with
the "ttf-mscorefonts-installer" package.

Forth - - -
To be honest, many fonts have one file for each style.  One for Bold,
for Italic, Bold Italic, etc., etc..

For LinLibertine:

_R - regular
_RI - italic
_RB - bold
_RZ - semi-bold
_RZI - semi-bold italic
_aBL - bold slanted

Each of the files are a different style for the font.
For "LinLibertine", I have 16 different styles
LinLibertine and LinLibertine G are two different fonts.
I have only 6 for "G" so far.

This is just the nature of the font file world.  If you have a font with
different styles, either you have that style file installed OR you must
have a software package that takes a font and generates the style you
need internally.  There are some "complex" fonts that have more than one
style in a single file, but sometimes they are not the easiest to find
and sometimes not easy for a package to use properly.

Great response. I can't add much except a bit of history about the Times font. It was originally 
commissioned by the Times of London newspaper, which wanted a typeface having "strength of line and 
economy of space." It runs a little small for its nominal size and is somewhat condensed left to 
right, meaning its letters are narrower than those found in other fonts. To see the difference, 
type a line in 12 point Times and then the same line directly below it in something like 12 point 
Palatino, or Century, or Bookman. The second line will look enormous compared to the Times. The 
United States Supreme Court requires court briefs to be written in an 11 point Roman font. It warns 
lawyers that if they submit a brief in 11 point Times, the brief will be rejected because "11 point 
Times" is actually smaller than 11 points.

The flavor of Times that comes with MS Windows is "Times New Roman."

You will rarely see books printed in Times, the reason being it is intended for short bursts of 
reading, as in a newspaper article. Books tend to use fonts that are fuller and not condensed. 
Popular choices are Palatino, Century Schoolbook, Garamond, Minion, and Goudy Old Style.

Lastly, in addition to the font files (TTF) in Doug's list of files, the files having a "Tex" 
extension are probably some form of TeX/LaTeX document. I don't believe they would be fonts.

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