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From Craig Ringer <cr...@postnewspapers.com.au>
Subject Re: Condensed fonts
Date Mon, 05 Dec 2011 13:40:17 GMT
On 12/05/2011 08:37 PM, Craig Ringer wrote:
> Hi all
> As part of some work I'm doing with fop (1.0) at the moment I need to 
> select a condensed face for a font. This is proving harder than 
> expected and I thought I'd seek some advice here.
Just by way of a follow-up, it appears that the issue can be worked 
around - albeit clumsily - by registering each font manually in the 
config file, specifying a different family name for condensed and 
non-condensed variants. I can then select the condensed face by asking 
for "Helvetica Neue LT Condensed" as the family. It's clunky and clumsy 
to set up, but it does work. See the generated config file snippet below 
for an example.

I recently stopped using Fop's Java API to configure my embedded fop 
instance; now I generate a temporary config file and have fop read that 
in. It's verbose and roundabout, but gives access to features like the 
<fonts><directory> directive and now the <fonts><font> directive that

aren't exposed via the Java API. Given that, it's not too hard to 
generate these font-info directives and clone them for both renderers, 
it's just going to be a real hassle to maintain the font list.

Any idea how big a job it'd be to get fop to recognise condensed and 
expanded fonts, track that info alongside the weight and slant, and use 
font-stretch to select fonts based on it? I'm not asking someone to do 
the work for me, I'm just looking for an idea of what sort of scale the 
job would be. Major restructure throughout fop? Changes flowing 
throughout fop but not particularly complex ones except for the font 
classifier enhancements? Relatively trivial?

Here's the config file snippet I'm using to get my fonts to work in the 
mean time. In reality there are plenty more fonts, but here's how it works:

<font-triplet name="Helvetica Neue LT" style="normal" weight="400"/>
<font embed-url="file:/opt/jboss/classads/fonts/HelveticaNeueLTStd-Cn.ttf">
<font-triplet name="Helvetica Neue LT Condensed" style="normal" 
<font-triplet name="Helvetica Neue LT Condensed" style="normal" 
<font-triplet name="Helvetica Neue LT Condensed" style="normal" 

Craig Ringer

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