Cross Platform Font Layout - current workarounds
ambassador at fourthworld.com
Mon Aug 24 20:42:35 EDT 2020
Sean Cole wrote:
> 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.
Font metrics will differ between OSes because the underlying rendering
method used by each OS is different.
Have you delivered cross-platform apps in which you found no difference
The closest I can imagine might be PDF, achievable with some settings
only by decomposing the font into the Postscript describing the page.
Even browsers, with their multi-million-dollar code bases and their
mind-bending efforts to make things as uniform as practical across
platforms, will evidence the difference in OS rendering subsystems.
If you've found anything that corrects for this, I would enjoy learning
about it. I can't even imagine how such a thing would work, so I'd learn
> 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...
My understanding is that it's the same as when getting a list of files
in a directory, the names are returned in the order given to LC by the
The sort command can be used where sorting is needed.
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