[Scribus] Fonts Fonts Fonts...

Peter Linnell scribusdocs
Fri Mar 28 05:57:41 CET 2003

On Thu, 2003-03-27 at 12:02, Mark Muller wrote:
> Okay, Thanks for the lcms.h missing file help Phil. Here goes for another 
> small issue you may or may not be able to help out with.
> Working as a professional repro guy I have access to all the Font libraries 
> from the various different vendors. Under MDK9.1rc2 I have been able to load 
> up various nice Type1 adobe faces - adobe garamond for example. This font 
> displays perfectly under OpenOffice 1.0.2 but when running Scribus0.9.8 the 
> face looks awful - I mean unuseable for any kind of typesetting or page 
> layout. Come to think of it any of the faces that appear in the list look 
> bloody awful ;)

I am fortunate to have a similar collection of tried and true Type 1
fonts, so I can understand your frustration.

Some of the font display issues surfaced with changes in Qt3. As a side
note, I have compiled older versions of Scribus on Solaris / Intel with
Qt 2.2.2 and Sun's Xwindows. Solaris Xwin includes some of Adobe's
display postscript technology and the fonts rendering looked beautiful.
Actually, I should revive that little side project and post some screen
caps.. we might get some Solaris folks working on this, as I find on the
whole they are a pretty sharp bunch. 

That said, I think it is fair to say and I think both Franz and Paul
would agree,  upgrading Qt to 3.1.2 will improve screen rendering of
fonts, especially at 100% view, which was more typical in Scribus 0.6.
on Linux. 
> Secondly on reopening Scribus the typefaces do not even appear in the font 
> list ?  Is this normal behavior ??

No, this due to some of the font matching patterns in the fontconfig
libraries in Xft2.  I wrote a separate set of notes regarding this with
Red Hat 8.0, which has similar issues.

Simply put, fontconfig while it is an excellent general purpose font
matching and rendering solution, is still a work in progress. I am going
to test the latest package in the few days to see how it works with

Hope that helps,

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