Opened 10 years ago

Closed 9 years ago

Last modified 9 years ago

#2759 closed defect (fixed)

Write defaults to "Times New Roman" which is typically a Windows(tm) font

Reported by: greenfeld Owned by: uwog
Priority: Unspecified by Maintainer Milestone: Unspecified
Component: Write Version: 0.92.x
Severity: Minor Keywords: 12.1.0, olpc-test-passed
Cc: Distribution/OS: OLPC
Bug Status: Unconfirmed


Write defaults to using "Times New Roman", which is typically a Windows(tm) font. But I don't think we include it in OLPC Fedora-based distributions.

The closest thing to it I see clearly on an F14 OLPC laptop is "Nimbus Roman No9 L" which is Ghostscript's equivalent. The URW series has an equivalent, but we don't seem to have it. The proper Fedora answer probably would be to include the Liberation series of fonts/RPMs, which we do not presently install.

If "Times New Roman" is chosen as a name for compatibility reasons, we need to check the various Sugar-using OS's as well as possibly Abiword to verify that their defined font.aliases make sense.

Seen in OLPC OS 11.2.0 os14.

Change History (8)

comment:1 Changed 10 years ago by RafaelOrtiz

As complement write/abiword has a way to include custom fonts if needed. the key thing to consider in this bug is what kinds of fonts should be installed by default and what could be a fit selection for the combo box as a default.

comment:2 Changed 10 years ago by RafaelOrtiz

As a workaround we can default to other font available not Windows(tm).any suggestions?.

comment:3 Changed 10 years ago by uwog

The official RPMS we used for OLPC always included a patch which set the default font to the Deja Vu set (iirc).

The default font is defined in the "normal.awt" template files, which are typically located in /usr/share/abiword-2.8/templates/

We keep them in svn here:

comment:4 Changed 10 years ago by greenfeld

In my opinion, the font name used should match something which is commonly mapped to a known font style. It doesn't necessarily have to be mapped to a specific font found in a specific build.

To kind-of clarify (if I have this right): The "program" which creates a font tends to be copyrighted/licensed/etc., while the actual character glyphs produced are not. So there are many potential fonts with similar or even radically different names which all generate what could be considered "Times Roman", "Courier", etc.

The actual font code used may very widely; but their output is largely indistinguishable for most end users.

comment:5 Changed 10 years ago by godiard

  • Keywords 11.3.0 added; 11.2.0 removed

comment:6 Changed 9 years ago by godiard

  • Keywords 12.1.0 olpc-test-pending added; 11.3.0 removed
  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

Fixed in b5d73e8fd2584e51954ba5d722b3907461c5dee9

comment:7 Changed 9 years ago by godiard

Available in Write 79

comment:8 Changed 9 years ago by greenfeld

  • Keywords olpc-test-passed added; olpc-test-pending removed

The default font in Write-79/OLPC 12.1.0 os10 appears to literally be "Sans".

(I am not sure how universally supported this is; while I see "Sans" and "Serif" fonts in Abiword in Fedora 16, I do not see either in LibreOffice.)

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