The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #67222   Message #1129141
Posted By: JohnInKansas
04-Mar-04 - 12:07 PM
Thread Name: Tech: Alternatives to Office and Word
Subject: RE: Tech: Alternatives to Office and Word

Would you believe "All of the Above?"

She keeps a rather high-watt reading lamp on next to her keyboard, and the three cats seem to enjoy taking turns napping in the warm spot. One of the others quite often sleeps on top of the #3 monitor, which is seldom used but usually on and warm.

(When she's actually "working," we all just go hide somewhere.)

The "large-un" happened to roll over and lay his chin on the edge of the keyboard just as she was getting ready to submit.

She did also mention a comment about "if you use TrueType fonts" that might deserve some "expansion." Recent versions of Office really "balk" at using Type 1 (Adobe) fonts. Until fairly recently, though, many print shops would not accept work using TrueType fonts, and at least a few publishers still insist on Adobe.

The TrueType bias is a Windows thing, not just something that applies to Word. There is no good reason to use anything other than TrueType for most purposes; but if your work requires you to use Type 1 fonts, it is essential (opinion) that you install Adobe Type Manager and use it to handle the Type 1 fonts. Windows "sort of" lets you install Type 1 fonts without it, but will constantly attempt to substitute its "native" TrueTypes if you try to work with them using just the built in Windows features.

There's another check box in Word Tools - Options, on the "Save" tab, where you can choose "Imbed True Type Fonts." If you check this box, your documents will "contain" the True Type fonts you used to make them. It makes the file a little larger, but assures that any reader will see the typefaces you used, even if you used a TrueType "face" that they don't have, or don't have "turned on," on their machine.

Unfortunately, if an imbedded TrueType happens to have the same name as one of your Type 1 fonts, opening the document can "turn on" the substitution of the TrueType font, which may replace (or just thoroughly corrupt) your Adobe font in subsequent work on your machine - if you're using only the Windows features for handling your Adobe fonts. It's less of a problem if you use TypeManager.

Web downloads are a common source for "imbedded font" documents, and you can sometimes "acquire" a corruption of your Type 1 fonts from html documents, if the CSS imbeds a TrueType font.

This is NOT a problem for most users, but is worth noting if you're working with a fussy publisher or print shop. (Even if you're using WP.)