On Sun, 25 Oct 2015 19:00:46 +0100 Jehan <je...@girinstud.io> wrote:
> For GIMP images, it means that when you select "Sans", you don't even
> know which font is actually behind. Worse if you send a XCF to someone,
> on text edit, the font will change (if another is used under the hood
> for the other person).
This means the aliased fonts aren't suitable for interchange - but fc-list here
produces over 7,000 entries, and I can't assume that someone else will have,
say, MVP Celestia installed on their system.
The aliases are great when you want a font that matches the UI, and they are
useful for defaults e.g. in scripts where you've no idea what fants the user
You can also use them to construct fonts - e.g. I make a version of Courier
that's horizontally condensed, although they don't seem to work in gimp.
> I definitely prefer to know which font is actually used (and on file
> sharing, if the other does not have the right font, get a message
> telling you the font name which is missing so that I can search and
> install it).
Better might be a dialogue a la Quark Express, that shows which fonts are used
with a project. An option to keep fonts in a per-project directory (folder) and
activate them only when the project is open would be awesome.
> Solution could be that when I click an alias, it actually change
> directly into the actual font.
But if I save the file, change theme, open the file again, maybe I now want the
current theme font to be used? I'm not sure, I think it'd be OK either way.
> I want the information of which actual
> font was used stored in the XCF. Not only for sharing, but even if I
> ever want to edit the file later on another computer.
It would help if Image->Information had a "fonts" tab.
When we add opentype feature support this will become more important and the
font chooser may need revamping too (e.g. "I want a font with a ct ligature").
Liam Quin - XML Activity Lead, W3C, http://www.w3.org/People/Quin/
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