[Bug 10952] New: Wine prefers Marlett instead of a legible font

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Sat Dec 29 16:06:33 CST 2007


           Summary: Wine prefers Marlett instead of a legible font
           Product: Wine
           Version: 0.9.52.
          Platform: PC
               URL: http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=458234
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: wine-gui
        AssignedTo: wine-bugs at winehq.org
        ReportedBy: ovek at arcticnet.no

Currently, Debian discourages installing non-free stuff such as the Microsoft
core fonts. Debian policy forbids me from recommending it. (They also consider
the Liberation fonts undistributable.) Hence, you have to expect Wine users
from Debian to not have fonts like Arial available. The problem is that, if an
application asks for such a nonexistent fonts (very common), Wine frequently
chooses Marlett, which is fairly illegible. It'd be much more user-friendly if
it chose Tahoma or something.

I have a bug report that suggests that whether Wine chooses Marlett or not
depends on the fontforge version that Marlett.ttf is generated with (the
fontforge in Debian Stable (etch) works, but the one in Debian Testing/Unstable
does not), but I don't have much time to investigate why. Perhaps someone at
Wine knows. Is it something that should be fixed in the marlett.sfd file, or
should the bug be reassigned to fontforge?

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