Font management with current office suites

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Article from Issue 209/2018

Users of contemporary office applications often want to do more than just compose letters or design simple flyers. But the well-known office suites on Linux sometimes make font management a test of patience, with the errors literally hidden in the details.

Thanks to their WYSIWYG ("What You See Is What You Get") representation and good printer support under Linux, modern office programs have long been suitable for typologically and graphically more demanding tasks.

However, depending on the character set and preferred fonts used, the home print studio can also be a pain in the neck: For example, if you need special characters or want to integrate new fonts into the office suite, you need to delve deeper into font management under Linux. In this article, I explain where problems lie in some office packages' font management.

Basic Information

Developers have adapted font management to new needs in the course of computer history; things have become more professional in terms of fonts, which were originally implemented in the hardware, especially in the last three decades.


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