Re: question concerning fonts in abiword 2.0.2

From: Jack Dodds (
Date: Wed Jan 14 2004 - 20:21:29 EST

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    I'm having a very frustrating time with fonts on my Debian Woody system,
    which I have upgraded with a Gnome 2.2 backport that includes Abiword 2.0.1.

    Just for example, the font that is equivalent to Helvetica - I think it
    is Nimbus Sans L - has a "condensed" variant. If you select Nimbus Sans
    L, you get the condensed variant and there is no way in Abiword to
    select the normal variant. This also seems to be the case in other
    Gnome applications, though the font list is not exactly the same as with

    Browsing various newgroups, digging in Man pages, and reading Donovan
    Rebechi's Font HOWTO has left me hopelessly confused. There does not
    seem to be any comprehensive explanation anywhere of how the font system
    works. There is documentation, often sketchy, on the individual pieces,
    but nothing on how it all fits together.

    Can anyone point me an the other recent posters to something helpful?

    Jack Dodds

    Tobias Viegener wrote:

    > greetings to everyone,
    > i'm using ps-fonts-families with more types than the usual
    > roman/italic/bold/bold-italic (i.e. light or oldstyle figures). my
    > problem is, that abiword doesn't show me more than standard
    > roman/italic/bold/bold-italic while internally mixing up roman with
    > oldsyle-figures.
    > the funny thing is, that gnome recognises the different weights/styles
    > and displays them in the font-configuration-window in desktop
    > preferences, which means that it
    > should not be the problem of fontconfig.
    > any idea how to solve the problem (other than delete the different
    > weights/styles)?
    > yours
    > tobias

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