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Re: OOo documents look different



Le lundi 10 juillet 2006 à 13:44 -0400, Benjy Grogan a écrit :
> On 7/10/06, Nicolas Mailhot <nicolas mailhot laposte net> wrote:

> > The sad thing is people don't care about what you're asking - if they
> > did word processing would not have rolled over DTP in the last decade.
> > In a word processing context all you have is a text flow (as in
> > free-flow).
> 
> People do care.  I've heard this complaint before.  It's not a concern
> when a 27 page document becomes a 28 page document, but when you want
> to have 1 page and suddenly that 1 page has become 2 pages and you're
> searching for what OS it last fit properly on, then it gets to be a
> nuisance.

Well, they don't care enough to buy DTP products, which means word is
the only game in town, and writer is just emulating it.

> I'd be happy with a set of fonts that work the same on all OSes, and
> then I'd stick with those.  Times New Roman seems like a hassle now.

Even with a single common font you'd have problems :
- some other parts of the formatting will have fuzzy definition
interpreted slightly differently over time by different software
versions.
- every system won't interpret the same font the same way (currently
Fedora won't use the bytecode interpreter because of patent concerns,
Windows will)
- fonts are not static : they include instructions for the rendering
engines, and as rendering engines get smarter font designers include
more complex instructions, which mean display and print approach
progressively the font designer ideal, but the size of a given text
string will change as a result.

The page change the poster is complaining about is due to Fedora
honoring some font settings it ignored before.

Right now the only game in town if you don't use a DTP-like product with
transparent fit-to-frame scaling is to reserve enough blank space on the
page to account to the slight rendering variations between office
suites.

Regards,

-- 
Nicolas Mailhot

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