[Pkg-fonts-devel] Bug#445686: Bug#445686: ttf-dejavu-extra: please be consistent in the name of italic fonts

Denis Jacquerye moyogo at gmail.com
Mon Oct 8 06:45:10 UTC 2007

On 10/7/07, Luca Capello <luca at pca.it> wrote:
> the latest update closed bug #440142 [1] and this brought to my
> attention the fact that some DejaVu variants are called Italic, while
> others Oblique:
> [...]
> While I'm not a font expert, I guess that italic and oblique refers to
> the same font variant.  This can generates confusion.

Although this can be confusing, "italic" and "oblique" are actually
different variants.
Oblique is a slanted variant of the regular font, i.e. each character
has a similar shape but slanted.
Italic has different  shapes, i.e. different glyphs (all or just a few
like 'a', 'g'), different serifs, different width or weight.

> Could one name can be chosen once for all, pleasse?

That would be confusing to font experts.
To be proper we should rename DejaVu Sans Oblique to DejaVu Sans
Slanted as there is actually a difference between slanted and oblique
variants, and it is currently slanted.
Slanted is just Regular geometrically slanted.


Denis Moyogo Jacquerye

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