[Bug 521049] New: Face sorting in GTK font chooser is suboptimal

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  gtk+ | gtk | Ver: 2.12.x
           Summary: Face sorting in GTK font chooser is suboptimal
           Product: gtk+
           Version: 2.12.x
          Platform: Other
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
          Severity: normal
          Priority: Normal
         Component: gtk
        AssignedTo: gtk-bugs at gtk.org
        ReportedBy: Nicolas.Mailhot at LaPoste.net
         QAContact: gtk-bugs at gtk.org
                CC: behdad at gnome.org, fedora-fonts-bugs-list at redhat.com
     GNOME version: Unspecified
   GNOME milestone: Unspecified

Font face sorting in the GTK font chooser (used by the GNOME appearance applet
for example) is suboptimal

You get all regular faces, then all italic faces, then all bold faces, then all
bold italic faces. In other words faces are sorted by font weight, then font
slant, then not :( by font stretch

For a complex font family like DejaVu Sans the list looks like

Condensed Oblique 
(why condensed after book but condensed oblique before oblique?)
Condensed Bold
Bold Oblique
Condensed Bold Oblique

I think it would be much more user-friendly to sort fonts by stretch, then
weight, then slant. That would give this kind of grouping which is much more
close to traditional regular/italic/bold/bolditalic groups

Condensed Oblique
Condensed Bold
Condensed Bold Oblique
Bold Oblique

MS seems to have made this choice in its next-gen font selector (last page of

An alternative would be to expose separate stretch/slant/weight selectors


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