[Fontconfig] A question about font styles

Ambrose Li acli at ada.dhs.org
Tue Mar 8 08:04:40 EST 2005

On Mon, Mar 07, 2005 at 12:40:59PM -0800, Keith Packard wrote:
> Consider the fonts I just got -- named Cloister Old Style Roman, Cloister 
> Old Style Italic, Cloister Old Style Bold and Cloister Old Style Bold 
> Italic.  All of these advertised a single style named 'Roman' (the humor 
> of a 'Roman' 'Italic' font clearly escaped the publisher).

I had written my previous reply too quickly. In fact I can pull out
an example from the free fonts world.

Consider the WangNew fonts (that I previously mistakenly said would
make my wild suggestion a bit moot). It has

- HanWangMingBlack:style=Regular
- HanWangMingBold:style=Regular
- HanWangMingHeavy:style=Regular
- HanWangMingLight:style=Regular
- HanWangMingMedium:style=Regular

among many others.

Now these obviously are parts of the same typeface "HanWangMing",
just different weights.

So even if we consider free fonts (even the GPL sense of free), and
even if we consider TrueType and not Type 1, we still have to deal
with this exact same problem.


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