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Fonts and KDE 3 and SuSE 8.0
- From: Kevin McLauchlan <kmclauchlan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 2 Oct 2002 20:23:25 -0400
- Message-id: <200210022023.25802.kmclauchlan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
So far tonight, I have neglected my diabetic pet,
bent the frame of my cubicle from punching it
in absolute wordless rage and frustration, and
severely frightened the poor woman
who came to empty the wastebaskets and saw
the look on my face.
I have job deadline looming, and documents
that aren't anywhere near finished, and no fonts.
I have OpenOffice 1.0.1.
My documents seem to display in one single sheisenfont.
That is, no matter what I choose for the font attribute of
a Paragraph Style or a Character Style, they are all and
always substituted by the exrementafont.
Once again, I have gone to the KDE Control Center, and
System, and Font Installer.
I heeded the warning that I must use Administrator Mode
if I want my font-ish stuff applied globally.
I viewed the dual windows with "Install From:" on the left,
and "Install To:" on the right. There's nothing of
importance in the "Install From:" window.
The "Install To:" window already has dozens... hundreds,
thousands of fonts in X11 Fonts Directory. There are files
in the /75dpi directory, in the /Speedo directory, in the
/Type1 directory, in the /URW directory, in the /misc
directory, in the /truetype directory, in the /uni directory
... do I really need to go on????
They are bloody THERE! I'm looking at them... hundreds
and hundreds of font files of several types. They are
sitting there, apparently mocking me, in what
this interface implies is ALREADY the place where
fonts are supposed to go. There is nothing to suggest that
I should need to perform some additional step. There's no
other button to press, or field to fill in.
Many of the names of those font files appear in the
pick-lists within OpenOffice and other K and X applications.
But it doesn't matter. I can pick any font I like, for any
purpose (except for window dressing, which has flavors
of Nimbus, and seems to work). It doesn't matter what
I pick, it will be substituted for that one, single, ugly
pieceofcrap font. I don't know what the
substitute font is (it's something that runs the letters
together and generally looks too ugly to NOT be
intentional), and I don't care.
When the "obvious" things, within the KDE interface
did NOTHING to access the fonts that are all sitting
there, I looked back in e-mails in this list, and went
to the suggested SDB pages for 7.3 and 7.1 and did
what they suggested, and it had a wonderful effect...
NOT A DAMN THING! There are now a couple of
extra files in /etc, and nothing at all has changed.
Yes, I exited and restarted. No effect.
What are all those .pfa, and .pfb, and .spd, and .pcf.gz,
and .ttf files FOR, if they all already appear in the
directories where the System>Font Installer (root)
expects them to be, and they STILL %$#@&!! refuse
to appear in my documents and applications?
What is the Font Installer FOR, if not to install the
I have looked and looked and looked, and there is
NO function or button or menu item that says:
"Activate all the fonts that are already installed
and uselessly sitting there." Really. I looked.
I ran the Qt Configuration utility, and it was useless.
I don't *need* to specify a substitution font... I need
the bloody, actual FONTS!
If the KDE Control Center is not able to make
all the required things happen, it should not pretend
that it can.
The night security people are kicking out stragglers
now, so I have to leave, with my work undone and
in disarray. Tonight would not be a good night for
anybody to be jaywalking, or driving badly in my
city... Tomorrow will be really fun, explaining why
I don't have the work done.
Why is it this way? What is the purpose of making
it this way? Why the mocking list of all the fonts
that refuse to appear in my documents?
If there is an "Activate your fonts" function, why
must it be hidden somewhere? Whose idea was
/kevin (beyond frustration in Ottawa, Canada)
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