[cairo] Newbie questions on fonts
ajohnson at redneon.com
Wed Oct 17 07:43:24 PDT 2007
Fred Clare wrote:
> Well, I just tried X11 output and get the same rectangles using the
> font /Library/Fonts/ArialHB.ttf. *However* when I try using the Vera
> .ttf fonts they seem to work fine. So, I think I have quite a few fonts
> to work with. Is there a way to use the fonts distributed with
> with freetype? It would appear that not all .ttf fonts are created
> equal, since I seem to get the rectangles with several of them. In
> particular I downloaded a greek .ttf font that is producing the
> Or, possibly more likely, I am doing something dumb.
The rectangles instead of glyphs bug in Preview only occurs with
OpenType/CFF fonts. If you are seeing this problem with TrueType fonts
it is because the TrueType subsetting has failed and a CFF fallback font
has been embedded.
I previously described how the PDF embedded font typed can be checked here:
There is probably a bug in the TrueType subsetting somewhere as it
should not be failing on fonts that FreeType can display. However I am
unable to fix this unless I can reproduce the problem on Linux or
someone on a Mac can find find out which line in cairo-truetype-subset.c
is returning CAIRO_STATUS_UNSUPPORTED.
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