[Pkg-fonts-devel] how to find a similar font?

Josh Triplett josh at freedesktop.org
Fri Jul 14 07:44:52 UTC 2006

Paul Wise wrote:
> I have a non-free font in .ttf and I'd like to find a similar one that I
> can use when building the images for one of my packages. Is there a way
> to search all the fonts on a system to find ones similar to a .ttf?
> Maybe an app? or is there a website for this sort of thing?
> In case anyone knows, the font is SFAutomaton. I also need to find free
> analogs for Arial Black, Arial, ariblk, Times New Roman, luxisr, Times
> and Comic.

For Comic, use TSCu_Comic from ttf-tamil-fonts.  For Arial or luxisr
(Luxi Sans), use a sans-serif font like FreeSans or DejaVu Sans.  For
Time and Times New Roman, use a serif font like FreeSerif or DejaVu
Serif.  You can also find lots of unusually styled fonts in ttf-dustin,
though some of them only have alphanumeric characters; several of these
will give you a similar computerized style.

- Josh Triplett

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