Philosophical questions about the fontNames

Richard Gaskin ambassador at
Wed Mar 11 18:36:10 EDT 2020

Querying the fontNames includes:

(Styled Text)

These are not font names, but constants the engine accepts so that we 
can have good-looking, HIG-savvy UIs on multiple platforms.

But they're not font names.  They're not fonts at all.  They're engine 

So should they be included in the fontNames?

(Yes, I know I can exclude them. I've been doing this a while, I can do 
lots of things.  But if a newcomer wants to make a Fonts menu or list 
she also needs to know the filter command, and why she needs to use it 
to filter out things that aren't fonts. #learnability)

  Richard Gaskin
  Fourth World Systems
  Software Design and Development for the Desktop, Mobile, and the Web
  Ambassador at      

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