[Bug 13416] Font subfamilies merged

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Thu Mar 25 11:55:19 UTC 2010


--- Comment #18 from Nicolas Mailhot <nicolas.mailhot at laposte.net>  2010-03-25 04:55:18 PST ---
The reference documentation on modern font naming is

It's not short or well written but that's the best we have. It would be nice is
someone wrote a clear summary of it (I've started in
http://nim.fedorapeople.org/Understanding%20fonts%20and%20fontconfig.tar.gz but
I do not seem to find the time to finish it)

Apps need to :
1. recognize fonts that use a style conformant to the WWS model defined in this
paper (not "read the WWS name" but "check whatever naming layer they use
conform to the model). Probably both the canonical WWS style name and the
aliases MS identified in its paper
4. provide means for users to pass from one of the styles to another (as in,
bold-er, wide-er, etc)

And *then* when apps are able to use WWS fonts properly people can think of
band-aids to process non-WWS fonts.

As long as apps provide a "bold" button but have no idea how to manage all the
weight variants defined in the whitepaper for example there's little hope

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