Please help! My fonts have been turned into XML files!

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Jim Kuemmerle's picture
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Joined: 30 Jun 2005 - 10:25am
Please help! My fonts have been turned into XML files!
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Hello everybody --

I went to my computer today to do some work and found that a substantial chunk of my typeface library -- approximately 1,800 fonts -- had been turned into .xml files and hidden in the "Jaws" folder of Quark XPress. I have no idea how or when or why this happened, and I have no idea how to fix it. Any and all advice is greatly appreciated.

--Jim K.

PS: Or possibly they had been deleted and the .xml files are left over from something else?? I really have no clue here. :(

Scott Leyes's picture
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Joined: 13 Mar 2007 - 2:24pm
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System? Hardware? OS? hard to diagnose without the platform at least.

Do you use a font manager (I assume you do, with that many fonts)? Do you have a recent backup?

Sounds like your file directory(ies) may be screwed up -- bigger problem than just your fonts. Try disk utility(s) and see if that works, or at least finds a problem.

Ben McElroy's picture
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Joined: 12 May 2007 - 7:02pm
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Not a lot of info to run off of (no system specs) - but can you think of anything that has recently changed on your computer system? Any new applications installed? Any recent updates? Font files don't turn into XML without a reason. Can you open the XML files with a text-editor? Don't save them after opening them but take a look and see if you can see anything of interest. Isn't Jaws the not-officially-licensed-post-script-renderer? Maybe Jaws is converting the fonts - you might check your settings in Quark for that. Also use a web search to see if anybody else has run into something similar.

At any rate, good luck and I hope you can figure out what's happening and how to recover from it.

Jim Kuemmerle's picture
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Joined: 30 Jun 2005 - 10:25am
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I'm running Mac OS X v. 10.4.1. Disk Utility doesn't spot any problems. Opening one of the xml files shows something like the following:

/Gentium (%psfont%Gentium) (r) file << /ResourceType /sfnt
>> /ResourceDecode filter
definesfntfontset 0 get definefont pop

...which says to me that this wasn't a conversion but that it was left over from some other processes, and the fonts have been deleted somehow.

:(

Thanks for your help anyway,

--Jim