Cross Platform Font Layout - current workarounds

Richmond richmondmathewson at
Mon Aug 24 17:38:55 EDT 2020

How about embedding your fonts in the standalone?

On 24.08.20 23:49, Sean Cole (Pi) via use-livecode wrote:
> Hi all,
> What is the current 'workaround' everyone is using when creating a
> cross-platform app to make sure that all text appears the same regardless
> of platform? Particularly between Windows and Mac for me at the moment.
> My client provided the font they needed in line with their tv show brand.
> They need the app to work both PC and Mac. It seems I have to manually go
> through each field, button and widget and make sure they are laid out
> properly. The left, right, center alignments don't always match and the
> vertical position certainly never matches.
> (This dates all the way to bug 3076!! Pretty awesome to hold onto a bug
> reported back in 2005 for something so basic. Kudos to LC for keeping on
> top of it.)
> Also, side note, does anyone remember why we STILL have a discrepancy
> between fontnames() in Mac and Windows? Not only do the windows fonts show
> alphabetically and mac dramatically out of order, but also, the names
> themselves are screwed up:
>     1. eg, Windows: Helvetica Neue
>     2. Mac: Helvetica, Helvetica Bold, Helvetica Bold Oblique, Helvetica
>     Light, Helvetica Light Oblique, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica Neue Bold,
>     Helvetica Neue Bold Italic, Helvetica Neue Condensed Black, Helvetica Neue
>     Condensed Bold, Helvetica Neue Italic, Helvetica Neue Light, Helvetica Neue
>     Light Italic, Helvetica Neue Medium, Helvetica Neue Medium Italic,
>     Helvetica Neue Thin, Helvetica Neue Thin Italic, Helvetica Neue UltraLight,
>     Helvetica Neue UltraLight Italic, Helvetica Oblique
>     - eg. Windows: Arial, Arial Rounded MT, Arial Unicode MS
>     - Mac: Arial, Arial, Arial Black, Arial Bold, Arial Bold, Arial Bold
>     Italic, Arial Bold Italic, Arial Hebrew, Arial Hebrew Bold, Arial Hebrew
>     Light, Arial Hebrew Scholar, Arial Hebrew Scholar Bold, Arial Hebrew
>     Scholar Light, Arial Italic, Arial Italic, Arial Narrow, Arial Narrow Bold,
>     Arial Narrow Bold Italic, Arial Narrow Italic, Arial Rounded MT Bold, Arial
>     Unicode MS
> This is bonkers for a SDK that purports to make it 'Easy' to make
> cross-platform apps.
> Thanks all
> Sean Cole
> *Pi Digital *
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