Re: Rant (Was Re: printing in gnome port)

Subject: Re: Rant (Was Re: printing in gnome port)
From: Paul Rohr (
Date: Mon Feb 19 2001 - 12:09:35 CST

At 11:24 PM 2/18/01 -0500, Dom Lachowicz wrote:
>Let me start off with stating that my opinion of fonts on X just plain

Yes, they most certainly do.

>From X fonts, you can get most (all?) of those metrics that we're interested
>in (bounding boxes come to mind). We'll also (of course) have the font names
>at our disposal. Unfortunately, that means that there isn't necessarily a
>1-1 mapping between the DISPLAY fonts and PS printer fonts. So WYSIWYG isn't
>*necessarily* true, unfortunately. Also (IIRC), all X-fonts aren't

Whoa. Hang on a second.

My understanding was that as long as we can locate an actual Type 1 or TTF
font file, then we can autogenerate the real printer metrics needed for
WYSIWYG output. True or false?

Is there some usage scenario where X provides access to display fonts, but
does so in a way which makes it impossible for the AbiWord process to locate
the corresponding raw font files? I can think of two cases:

  - there is no printer font at all, so WYSIWYG doesn't matter
  - there is a font, so WYSIWYG matters, but we can't locate it

I don't care about the first case, but please, please tell me X isn't so
broken that we can't find some way to work around the second.


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