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Re: Unexpected character change on Vista

From: Michael Lauer
Subject: Re: Unexpected character change on Vista
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2008 14:36:32 +0000 (UTC)
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sdfgsdhdshd <discussions-sur-forums <at>> writes:

> A first look to the ps file shows the N is present.
> So a gs bug?

No, I think it's a bug in the font itself(!). The glyph names seem
to be a bit mangled; the name "N" is assigned to several codepoints,
including that I-with-dot-below. (If you look in the ps file you can
see that in the font definition.)

[If anyone with a Vista box DOESN'T see this, what version of times.ttf
do you have? Mine is 5.01.]

An easy but really lousy "fix" would be to copy the old times.ttf from an
XP machine into your Vista machines c:\windows\fonts directory (backing up
the existing times.ttf, of course!). That would mean that all your software,
most of which probably doesn't look at the glyph names, would see 
the old font.

A somewhat better fix is to copy the old times.ttf (and the bold/italic
versions, and any other system fonts you may want to use)) into
c:\users\<username>\.fonts\ , and then tell fontconfig to ignore
the system fonts. The only way I can see to do that is to edit
c:\program files\lilypond\etc\fonts\fonts.conf and remove the line

If someone has a better workaround, please say so!

Hope this helps,

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