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Bug 74949 - In, "Bitstream Vera Serif" font has no italic variant
Summary: In, "Bitstream Vera Serif" font has no italic variant
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Current packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: x86 Linux
: High normal (vote)
Assignee: Gentoo Office Team
Depends on:
Reported: 2004-12-19 10:05 UTC by Timothy Miller
Modified: 2004-12-28 23:28 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Description Timothy Miller 2004-12-19 10:05:00 UTC
Note that Bitstream Vera Serif is the DEFAULT font for OpenOffice.  

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Type something into OOo with the Bitstream Vera Serif 
2.Select the text
3.Click the icon to make it italic

Actual Results:  
Nothing happens 

Expected Results:  
Should have gotten text in italics. 

Other fonts don't have this problem, so I think the italics font is just 
MISSING.  I don't know if this is a problem with OpenOffice or with what fonts 
are supplied with Gentoo.  If it's with OOo, let me know, and I'll file a bug 
report with them.
Comment 1 Carsten Lohrke (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-12-19 10:57:18 UTC
Works for me. It'd maybe a good idea to name the exact OOo version, you're using.
Comment 2 Timothy Miller 2004-12-19 15:11:51 UTC
All the About menu says is that it's version 1.1.3.

BTW, this is the case for both of my Gentoo systems, built at completely different times.
Comment 3 Paul de Vrieze (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-12-20 01:32:30 UTC
Try to use oopadmin to specify the included fonts. By default the openoffice ebuilds (not binary) do not include the bitstream fonts as they are allready on the system.
Comment 4 Timothy Miller 2004-12-20 18:01:46 UTC
Based on what you say, there's a problem with the included fonts, omitting italic for a particular font, no?
Comment 5 Andreas Proschofsky (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-12-23 08:33:29 UTC
As Paul already said, the ebuild doesn't provide the bitstream vera fonts at all, so your problem has to be somewhere else. Try to emerge media-fonts/ttf-bitstream-vera see if that helps.
Comment 6 Andreas Proschofsky (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-12-23 08:40:55 UTC
Ok, now checked myself, this seems to be a font issue, the ttf-bitstream-vera-package does not seem to provide a italic variant of Bitstream Serif, I don't get one in the Gnome font selection dialog either.

@Font-people: Could you please comment on that?
Comment 7 Donnie Berkholz (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-12-23 11:27:46 UTC
The fonts are there, but they're apparently broken in some way.

/usr/share/fonts/TTF/VeraIt.ttf  /usr/share/fonts/TTF/VeraMoIt.ttf

I tried opening one in fontforge and it crashed my X, but not before I saw part of it actually being italic.
Comment 8 Paul de Vrieze (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-12-23 12:27:49 UTC
They come with xorg-x11. Would be bad if they were broken, but it appears to. I don't have the italic serif version either according to xfontsel
Comment 9 foser (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-12-24 03:49:01 UTC
The reporter talking about serif fonts, there do not seem to be italic serif fonts provided with bitstream-vera .
Comment 10 Paul de Vrieze (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-12-24 04:05:21 UTC
Foser, you're right. These font's don't have italics versions. It could be possible to "create" slanted versions (skewed) but openoffice doesn't' seem to be able do this for you. Maybe the 2.0 version or the ximian version can do this as I believe fontconfig supports it. Note that the result of this is NOT an italics font, as normally italics fonts are not equal to regular fonts, and sometimes rather different. A slanted font is just a font in on which a transformation is applied to the coordinates.
Comment 11 Donnie Berkholz (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-12-24 10:18:04 UTC
Ah, good catch.
Comment 12 Andreas Proschofsky (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-12-27 08:23:05 UTC
@ Donnie: btw. What is the future of the bitstream fonts in Gentoo anyway. Cause earlier on the OOo-ebuilds did depend on ttf-bitstream-vera, but then xorg started to provide them by default and I removed that dependency. Now it seems you are going away from providing them by default. So what would be the best thing to do for us? 
Comment 13 Donnie Berkholz (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-12-28 23:28:23 UTC
I plan to continue providing them by default in xorg-x11, assuming upstream does the same. Presumably you're referring to the lack of truetype-fonts and type1-fonts in make.defaults of most profiles -- that's simply something I haven't gotten to yet (my vacation's getting in the way), not something I plan to leave that way. It seems quite odd to me that an office suite requires a particular set of fonts, anyhow.