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On 09/11/2013 09:50 AM, Virgil Arrington wrote:
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.


For me, I try to stay away from fonts that require me to pay for them. 
If it came with an OS, that is one thing, but if I have to pay for them
myself for each and every style, like you do with Adobe's fonts, than no

I do have an older Adobe font library, since I was given it to deal with
a large, long, project over 10 years ago. 

You can get free versions of your fonts, or very good look-a-likes,
online at various sites.  I have used "Schoolbook" and Garamond before
though.  I believe Minion is an Adobe font.  I will have to check about
Goudy Old Style.  I think I have used it before.

Were you talking about Times Roman or just Roman for the font name.  I
have a font that is called "Roman", and it is a serif font.  For those
who do not know much about fonts, all of this may be a little confusing
to them.  Well, if you have a large font collection, it gets worse some
times.  That is why I believe that the sites that give you good
substitution font options for ones that you do not have can be a good
thing for people. 

As I stated before, if you are going to have something published, find
out which font[s] they use and then give then your document/manuscript
in that font, if they do not want a plain text file. 

I have not worked on this for over a year, but here is a sample from my
"work in progress" 50+ page font substitution guide.   I have a lot of
formatting and editing to do before I go out and find more.  I even have
a list that tells you which Windows installed fonts match Mac installed
fonts, but that was created many years ago and no longer up-to-date.

The first name is the font and the list is replacement types.  I get
this information from various online sources, so I do not really know
how good they are. In the document, it is in 2 columns, but sometimes
emails mes that up.

Many of the font names I never heard of, while others I have.


American Classic
Flareserif 721


Antique Olive           

Incised 901 BT
Provence BT
Berry Roman
Gibson Antique
Olive Antique
Olivette Antique



New Baskerville
Transitional 401





Copperplate Gothic       

Copper Pot
Gothic No.29
Gothic No.30
Lining Plate Gothic



Dutch 823

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