[Bug 13416] Font subfamilies merged

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Wed Mar 24 17:00:21 UTC 2010


--- Comment #14 from Nicolas Mailhot <nicolas.mailhot at laposte.net>  2010-03-24 10:00:20 PST ---
The version of Arial Narrow that a lot of people have (the version MS allowed
to be redistributed before changing its mind) is clearly case #1. They probably
fixed later versions (or relied on their renaming heuristic to hide this fact,
reading the MS whitepaper Arrial Narrow almost certainly was one of their
primary test cases for heuristical renaming)

But anyway yes there is no good solution short of fixing fonts and apps (an
heuristic, by definition, is not a safe solution, it sort of works in most
cases and fails horribly in others). And that won't happen by complaining in
fontconfig's bugzilla. The people that write font and apps do not read it. If
you find a problem font complain at its issuer. If you find a problem app
complain at its author. fontconfig can not possibly hide 100% the fact that the
OpenType spec has changed over the years. For one thing, the changes in the
spec were done because font authors and app authors requested them. So hiding
them is punishing good apps and fonts (that use the new spec properly) to avoid
fixing bad fonts and bad apps (that try to ignore requirements changed)

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