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How can I determine what font is actually being displayed?

asked 2015-03-20 21:40:41 +0200

HarveyAB gravatar image

Very often I am editing a document from another system (Windows etc.) which has fonts set. When I open them in Libre Office Writer, the fonts displayed are sometimes not what the "Font" box says (sometimes the displayed font name isn't even installed.)

I want to be able to put the cursor on a character and find out what font that glyph is actually coming from. For example yesterday I needed to type two Greek letters into a document, and when I did right together as one word, one letter was slanted and the other was not slanted and bigger. These two glyphs were obviously not from the same font. I want to see exactly what font is actually being used for each glyph.

If a macro is needed for this, tell me what I need to use to access this information.

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Does anyone have an answer for this?

HarveyAB gravatar imageHarveyAB ( 2015-04-05 05:40:51 +0200 )edit

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answered 2015-03-21 07:12:30 +0200

oweng gravatar image

updated 2015-03-22 13:32:01 +0200

This can be difficult to determine due to font substitution. The font replacement table is the first place to look. There is also share/fonts/truetype/fc_local.conf and share/registry/main.xcd in the install directory.

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It looks like I don't have any subtitutions set. Unless there is a Linux place to look. Is there a font you can set that shows the little boxes with 4 or 6 digit numbers in them for Unicode values not supported? how do they do that?

HarveyAB gravatar imageHarveyAB ( 2015-03-21 12:18:42 +0200 )edit

The Unicode Last Resort font may be of assistance.

oweng gravatar imageoweng ( 2015-03-22 05:02:19 +0200 )edit

Thanks for the Unicode Last Resort font. Looks useful.

HarveyAB gravatar imageHarveyAB ( 2015-03-22 09:46:01 +0200 )edit

I do not have a /share directory at all. (Using Linux Mint 16.)

HarveyAB gravatar imageHarveyAB ( 2015-03-22 14:16:06 +0200 )edit

Not /share (root-level) ... share/ (sub-directory in install location).

oweng gravatar imageoweng ( 2015-03-25 09:41:57 +0200 )edit

Finally got around to looking for the share/ directory. There is very little there. Only setting "Liberation Sans Narrow" equal to "Arial Narrow". Nothing more. My question still remains.

HarveyAB gravatar imageHarveyAB ( 2015-04-02 05:37:44 +0200 )edit
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