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ZDNet: You can't always get what you font

Apr 26, 2001, 21:30 (25 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)

In his newest column, Evan Leibovitch has taken on font support in Linux. A lot of people are warming up their bookmarks to link to the Font DeUglification HOWTO, which is a nice resource and already linked to in this column. The issue, he says, is that we shouldn't need it.

"But standards are barely half the battle.", he maintains, "Vendors need to improve installation methods. Default settings should be good enough that we shouldn't need a Linux HOWTO document on "Font Deuglification." The Linux desktop should be "deuglified" from the start."

"We need to capitalize on the strengths of Linux's font implementation (such as the powerful features of using font servers in networked environments) while doing an overhaul of the default installation and providing standards for file locations and third-party application behavior."

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