Font Display Issue

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Font Display Issue

Postby msleger » Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:29 am

I had suggested this as an improvement to version 8 and it doesn't appear in version 9, so here it is again.

People often produce fonts that have only upper-case or only lower-case characters. FontExpert wants to always display font names in proper-case. This causes fonts with no lower-case glyphs to show only the first character in the names, and fonts with no upper-case glyphs to be missing the first character in the names. It would be smarter if FontExperted substituted missing characters with glyphs from the defined case so names display completely. (It would be much smarter if people didn't develop fonts with missing glyphs, but accepting that these fonts exist means a font manager should be able to cope with them.)
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Postby admin » Sat Apr 03, 2010 10:26 am

I remember your suggestion (in the times of version 8.0) and I thought about it. As I remember, in these times I've found some reasons for not implementing this issue.

The first reason is performance. Analyzing the glyphs defined in a given font will require additional CPU time. We must keep in mind that FontExpert can preview a folder containing thousands of fonts.

The second reason is the following. We can expect that some people would prefer current behavior. If a font name, say "My Font" is displayed "Mx Fxxx", it is obvious that this font does not include glyphs for small letters. But if we displayed this font as "MY FONT" (guessing that this font is only includes capital letters), the preview of this font may incorrectly tell us that the font name of this font is "MY FONT" (while the correct name defined by font's author is "My Font").
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