Re: arial narrow is broken since Fedora 8

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Nicolas Mailhot wrote:
> It's not the right one, and again please spend your energy lobbying
> for a long term-fix in *every* upstream bugzilla instead of muddying
> waters by asking to a return to the good old days which won't happen
> as the technical context changed.

Please do not ignore real-world usability in your quest for perfection.

Half-baked support for useless font "features" is counterproductive. It's
similar with Latin ligatures (thankfully in that case the fix turned out
trivial, though it doesn't fix the issue completely because fonts may also
define ligatures other than the standard Unicode ligatures). IMHO it would
be much better to keep all those features disabled (at least by default)
until they actually *work* in all the major applications. If that's
forever, so be it, those features can all be done without.

Is having separate entries for "Arial" and "Arial Narrow" in the font list
really such a serious issue that avoiding it is so important that it is
worth breaking almost all applications in some way?

        Kevin Kofler

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