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

tora at openoffice.org tora at openoffice.org
Wed Sep 3 20:32:55 UTC 2008

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------- Additional comments from tora at openoffice.org Wed Sep  3 20:32:52 +0000 2008 -------
tora->hdu: Thank you for giving us a chance to comment some. 

In sum, Japanese fonts, in general, do not use terms such as condense 
or oblique. They uses wight, instead. 

Microsoft Office Japanese uses traditional font faces: 
 regular, bold, italic, and bold italic. 

Professional users from such as publishing use lots of fonts which 
are normally decorated with weight. For such users, artificial bold 
seems not a choice. They simply uses heavier wight of fonts, instead. 

Either italic or italic bold is probably not applied for Japanese 
characters and is not typically used for publishing. Both italic 
and italic bold are normally applied for Western letters. 

For historical reasons, Japanese often uses both Japanese characters 
and Western letters in a single document. 

For Japanese, many fonts are available: 
 - Fonts embedded in Windows 
 - Fonts released by font vendors, for professional use
 - Freely available fonts

Fonts samples embedded in Windows Japanese and 2007 Microsoft Office 
System Japanese. Snapshots are available in the following web page: 


   The first 5 fonts (MS UI Gothic to MS Pxx) in the web page are 
   the fundamental fonts of Windows Japanese that are available 
   from Windows 9x to Vista. 
   Their font names begin with two letters 'MS.'

   The rests are the fonts that are accompanied with the Office System.
   Their font names begin with two letters 'HG.'

  Naming conventions 
   MS [P]FontFamilyName
    none: Monotype (fixed width)
       P: Western proportional letter and Asian proportional character

   HG[P|S] FontFamilyName
    HG: The font vendor seems to add this two letters at the beginning
    none: Monotype (fixed width)
       P: Western proportional letter and Asian proportional character
       S: Western proportional letter and Asian monotype character

  Bold and Italic
   It seems that Windows is capable of rendering artificial bold and/or 
   italic glyph. 

  For font family メイリオ embedded in Windows Vista Japanese is ClearType 
  and probably has four font faces. 

Many font vendors offer fonts files for professional use.

 Motoya co., ltd.

   Naming conventions 
    VendorName FontFamilyName # 
      #: number that denotes weight. 
         The smaller, thinner; the bigger, thicker. 

 Morisawa & Company Ltd. 

   Naming conventions 
    FontFamilyName [L|R|M|B|EB|H|EH|U]
    e.g. http://www.morisawa.co.jp/font/fontlist/details/fontfamily001.html

 DynaComware Corp.
  e.g. http://www.dynacw.co.jp/dynafont/fontface/pdf_data/sample_tt600w_v.pdf
   Naming conventions 
    VendorName FontFamilyName W#
      #: number that denotes weight. 

 Useful web site that lists links for font vendors: 

Freely available fonts

 A web site listing freely available fonts:

 e.g. http://www.akibatec.net/wabunfont/freefont/pro1.html
       Naming conventions 
        VendorName FontFamilyName W#
         #: number that denotes weight. 


 Major Linux distributions come with some Japanese fonts. 
   sazanami mincho and sazanami gothic solely have one font face. 

  available fonts called IPA fonts, (not International Phonetic 
  Alphabet), that resemble the fundamental five fonts of Windows 
  Japanese. The fonts have been widely spread among Linux users. 

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