[Fontconfig] Localizing font family and style names

Keith Packard keithp at keithp.com
Wed Dec 1 02:31:15 EST 2004

Around 22 o'clock on Nov 29, Phil Race wrote:

> I have to say yes, since we have succumbed to the same blurring of what
> a name is and are stuck with it. So we have to assume that what ever 
> char*/string is given as the name maybe legitimate as one or the other 
> and do our best to find it as both before trying anything else.

You want me to take a "family" name as provided by the user and attempt to
match it against a full name?  I'm not sure that's necessary; these names
come from applications, not users (in general), and I think we need to
expect that application developers can distinguish between the two.
Conflating these in our API seems only to compound an existing problem.

What I was actually asking was whether you wanted me to permit applications
to supply full names (as an FC_FULLNAME pattern element) and match them
against the full names in the fonts as a separate match from family and
style names.  This would allow applications to use full names in place of
family and style names.


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