Issue 93935 - load (subset?) only part of a font for Writer or OOo
Summary: load (subset?) only part of a font for Writer or OOo
Alias: None
Product: General
Classification: Code
Component: code (show other issues)
Version: OOo 2.4.0
Hardware: PC Linux, all
: P3 Trivial (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Keywords: needhelp
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Reported: 2008-09-16 07:03 UTC by nicklevinson
Modified: 2014-02-12 18:59 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Issue Type: FEATURE
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Description nicklevinson 2008-09-16 07:03:37 UTC
Occasionally, many fonts are needed for a document, or a decorative font is
especially greedy for memory and disk space.

In some of those cases, only one or two characters are needed for a page.
Loading a decorative font in its whopping entirety when only "Q" and "A" are
being printed is a problem that perhaps some font founders and application
designers might solve.

Putting a sheet of paper through a printer several times causes other problems.

A font catalogue that shows many fonts on the same page is often better than
showing only a pair on a page. That might choke the printer, and one solution is
if the application feeding the printer could select from a font file to forward
only the characters and related data that are needed.

A complication is the need for information in a font relevant to a character
other than the character, such as kerning information. Such information should
be captured in a usable form or the user notified that appearance may be affected.

If this is feasible for some fonts but not others, having OOo or Writer detect
feasibility and tell the user would help.

Related: Issues 46305 & 47478.

I'm using OOo Writer 2.4.0 without Java Runtime Environment on Linux Fedora Core
4 with Gnome 2.10.0 desktop on a Pentium 4 laptop. I didn't see this feature.

Thank you.