[Bug 706559] Font variants not used correctly

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Tue May 24 09:10:10 UTC 2011

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--- Comment #11 from Nicolas Mailhot <nicolas.mailhot at laposte.net> 2011-05-24 05:10:09 EDT ---
(In reply to comment #10)
> (In reply to comment #9)
> > Generally speaking, changing the fonts so their metadata is fontconfig-friendly
> > is usually the best choice.
> I ought to be able to do that by taking apart the existing TTF files and
> rebuilding them, right? 

Yes (if you can do it legally). Change the font in fontforge, or script the
modification with ttx, whatever works best for you

> All I need to do is work out what you mean by
> 'fontconfig-friendly'... :)
> In what way is the current metadata, as shown in the attachment in comment 5,
> not "fontconfig-friendly"?

I don't claim to know fontconfig/pango innards, but at a guess fontconfig is
confused by the way the fonts declare styles twice, both the legacy way
(regular, bold, italic, with medium in the family name) and the modern way
(with medium in the style name)

Medium is a weight attribute and should only appear in the style name to be
WWS-compliant. Regular is a *different* width attribute so Regular Medium is a
train wreck  (see
ignore all the parts except the naming section, the fontconfig syntax at the
end is especially unreliable but the naming section is solid)

If you want the full story read

Remembering that fontconfig does *not* implement the naming fixing heuristics
described in the Microsoft paper, so for a font to work it needs to declare the
naming that would be produced by this heuristic directly

> Is this a bug in the font, which I should be asking them to fix "upstream", or
> just something we don't really cope with very well?

If upstream wants its font to work with Linux they need to change the font yes.
However it may break compatibility with old windows versions and old windows
apps. What confuses fontconfig is probably the info added to make those apps
understand those fonts.

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