[Bug 436505] New: condensed Nimbus fonts inaccessible to applications
bugzilla at redhat.com
bugzilla at redhat.com
Fri Mar 7 16:58:39 UTC 2008
Please do not reply directly to this email. All additional
comments should be made in the comments box of this bug report.
Summary: condensed Nimbus fonts inaccessible to applications
AssignedTo: than at redhat.com
ReportedBy: rdtennent at hotmail.com
QAContact: extras-qa at fedoraproject.org
CC: fedora-fonts-bugs-list at redhat.com
Description of problem:
The urw-fonts package includes four Type 1 fonts with FamilyName Nimbus Sans L
with Condensed in the FullName. But most current applications cannot deal with
Condensed, so these fonts are simply inaccessible to them. In particular,
browsers like Firefox and Konqueror do not recognize them and so web authors
have no way to specify them on web pages. This is unfortunate because these
fonts are installed on virtually every Linux system and there is no other
condensed sans font that is widely installed.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Try to select Nimbus Sans L Condensed.
Can't be selected.
Can select them.
There seem to be three approaches to this problem. One is to insist that every
application deal with condensed/expanded fonts in the same way that they deal
with bold/italic/etc. This is a good long-term solution. A short-term solution
is to hack the fonts in question so that their FamilyName is Nimbus Sans L
Condensed; this has already been adopted by Mandriva and, apparently, Suse:
Another is use fontconfig to achieve the same, as in
<test name="family" compare="eq">
<string>Nimbus Sans L</string>
<test name="width" compare="eq">
<edit name="family" mode="assign">
<string>Nimbus Sans L Condensed</string>
or variants thereof.
I'll attach a simple html file which illustrates the problem. In any browser on
Fedora, the two lines will be in the same fonts. When the font files are
patched as suggestedb or the fontconfig snippet above installed, condensed fonts
are used for the second line.
------- Additional Comments From rdtennent at hotmail.com 2008-03-07 11:58 EST -------
Created an attachment (id=297217)
Test file to illustrate inaccessibility of condensed fonts in browsers.
Configure bugmail: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/userprefs.cgi?tab=email
------- You are receiving this mail because: -------
You are on the CC list for the bug, or are watching someone who is.
More information about the fonts-bugs