[Pkg-fonts-devel] Bug#882665: fonts-comic-neue: fontconfig substitution rule too harsh

Fabian Greffrath fabian at debian.org
Sat Nov 25 12:09:44 UTC 2017

Package: fonts-comic-neue
Version: 2.3-1
Severity: normal

Hi Adam et al.,

I think the fontconfig rule that we currently ship with the
fonts-comic-neue package is a bit too harsh, as it replaces every call
for Comic Sans with Comic Neue, effectively eradicating the latter
from the system. I think it would be better if we merely registered
Comic Neue as an "accepted" alias for Comic Sans, so if the user
actually has the original font installed on his system (e.g. via
ttf-mscorefonts-installer) then this is actually used and Comic Neue is
merely used as a replacement if the original is missing.

This would be less severe if Comic Neue was 100% metric-compatible to
Comic Sans, but it isn't. And please consider that there may be people
who like Comic Sans and still want to have Comic Neue installed
additionally, without one font remiving the other.

 - Fabian

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