Cross-platform font handling, and why you don't want to do it

Bob Sneidar bobsneidar at
Tue Sep 6 13:13:10 EDT 2022

Sorry to drag this thread on, but it appears that using embedded fonts is worse that I first imagined.

After I had set all my label fields to Acme, I repositioned them so that they were contacting the field to the right of them, and I right aligned them all so they had a consistent look.

I just noticed however that when I quit Livecode, then relaunch it and open the stack, all the text of the labels appear out of alignment! If I open the Property Editor and select the Font tab, then click one of the labels in Edit mode, the text realigns correctly! As I click each label, that text also realigns. If I set a label to the default system font, this does not happen.

That sucks. Big time. At this point I do not know if it is just this particular font, or if it happens to all embedded fonts, but I am fairly taken back.

Bob S

On Sep 5, 2022, at 17:02 , Bob Sneidar via use-livecode <use-livecode at<mailto:use-livecode at>> wrote:

Well, I am not aiming for *exact* visual match. What I WOULD expect is that if Livecode thinks the name of a font on the MacOS is “Aclonica Regular” then it would think the same thing on a Windows system. I’m talking about an embedded font file here. That “Aclonica” without the “regular” works on both platforms raises an eyebrow. Is LC for MacOS getting it wrong, or is Windows?

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