Font names causing problems under Windows

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Andreas Stötzner's picture
Joined: 12 Mar 2007 - 10:21am
Font names causing problems under Windows
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From time to time I get complaints of Windows users about particular fonts »not being visible/usable in application«. It is obviously the case with fonts which have something special in their Style name, such as “Scriptive” instead of “Italics”, for instance.
I guess the problem is well-known. But I wonder what strategies might be chosen to circumvent this conundrum.
Any hints appreciated.

John Hudson's picture
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Joined: 21 Dec 2002 - 11:00am
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Don't put anything in the Style name other than Regular, Italic, Bold or Bold Italic (which should in turn correspond to the OS/2.fsSelection bit style setting). If you want to use some different style naming system, this should be employed in the OpenType preferred family and subfamily name fields.

Ramiro Espinoza's picture
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Joined: 1 Aug 2002 - 9:32am
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Follow Karsten's paper on font naming and avoid a lot of problems: http://kltf.de/downloads/FontNaming-kltf.pdf