[Scribus] good vs. bad fonts

PLinnell mrdocs
Sat Feb 12 04:15:46 CET 2005

Quoting Christoph Sch?fer <christoph-schaefer at gmx.de>:

> > so how do you tell? what's the best way to know if a font is a viable
> > choice (outside of "look") for a publication?
> Jack,
> there are some basic rules:
> - Use of Adope/PS fonts will usually result in better output(print), but 
> mostly will look ugly on screen. OpenType tries to finally keep the 
> promises given with TrueType (equally good output on screen and in 
> print), and OpenType is really better than TrueType. There are lots of 
> TT fonts with printing issues, but you can find some really good ones as 
> well. However, scribus will do a font check on startup, so you can be 
> quite sure not to use "bad" fonts because they are ignored by scribus.
> - Quality can also be measured by the number of glyphs provided. Do you 
> need to write Greek or Hebrew? Do you need German quotation marks, 
> umlauts? Good fonts usually have all or most of them (for that reason 
> many of the fonts shipped with SuSE are quite useless, unless you only 
> write English texts).
> - A good font family will offer you at least 3 varieties for regular, 
> italic and bold fonts, because in real typesetting you don't use the 
> "fake" italics and bold letters as most people are used to from their 
> word processor (that's, of course, not true for artistic or some ancient 
> fonts).
> With that in mind, you can start fishing for fonts ;-)
> Christoph
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There are some hints here : 


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