[Issue 79878] OO.o can not select modern font faces conveniently

nmailhot at openoffice.org nmailhot at openoffice.org
Fri Mar 7 18:55:58 UTC 2008

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------- Additional comments from nmailhot at openoffice.org Fri Mar  7 18:55:56 +0000 2008 -------
@hdu: since font families are getting more complex, but the face number is still
somewhat limited, a short-term solution would indeed be to drop all the face
filtering OO.o does and drop the face list as reported by the system in the
Format->Character dialog.

Then you only need to agree on the sorting of this raw face list. A good
strategy would IMHO to sort faces by stretch, then weight, then slant, then name
(if the previous 3 parameters are not sufficient)

For a reasonably complex and common font family such as Dejavu Sans, you'd get
the following face list:

Condensed Oblique
Condensed Bold
Condensed Bold Oblique
Bold Oblique

with nice normal/italic/bold/bold-italic clusters as expected by users.

Of course mid-term face number may grow enough using an unique face list may not
be sufficient

The Microsoft paper http://blogs.msdn.com/text/attachment/2249036.ashx proposes
filtering strategies if you do not want to expose raw font family/faces in the
dialog but want to rework what the fonts report.

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