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Re: Openoffice menus and opensymbols fonts

On Thu, Jun 22, 2006 at 13:20:47 +0200, Grégoire Druant wrote:
> Le mercredi 21 juin 2006 22:26, Rene Engelhard a écrit :
> > Hi,
> >
> > Grégoire Druant wrote:
> > > If I set opensymbol font as my menu font in kcontrol, and that's the font
> > > I use, all the characters in the openoffice menus are displayed as some
> > > small rectangles.
> >
> > and WTF do you want to use OpenSymbol as menu font?
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > Rene
> And why couldn't I use this font ?

If you install the package "fontforge" you can have a closer look at 
the opensymbol font:

fontforge /usr/share/fonts/truetype/openoffice/opens___.ttf

and compare it to a normal font, for example if you have the package
"ttf-bitstream-vera" installed:

fontforge /usr/share/fonts/truetype/ttf-bitstream-vera/Vera.ttf

You will see that opensymbol does not even encode anything for normal
letters, so it is totally unsuitable as a menu font. I would guess that
that is the reason for the rectangles: They are displayed if a character
is not defined in the selected font.

> I have allways done so and it used to work, but now it doesn't work anymore in 
> openoffice with the kde integration package. I think that's weird, and 
> weirder if you know that openoffice depends on ttf-opensymbol.

Maybe the older versions of the KDE integration package had a bug and
did not actually display the menus in the font that you selected. Now
the bug could be fixed and you would be seeing the ugly face of
opensymbol for the first time. Another explanation could be that KDE
automatically switches to another font if it cannot find characters for
"abc...", and that this mechanism is now broken in the
openoffice.org-kde package.


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