It seems he is using 10.4 on a G4 that does not support Quartz Extreme, but the font smoothing is working, albeit many fonts do not display the styles in Accordance.
But to balance the equation, there are some things that Accordance needs to do. I finally broke down and spent the big bucks this past fall for BDAG (my 3d! copy--the other two being paper). I have been very disappointed in the the e-version. The conversion to screen has been only partial and a lot of formatting that is *semantic* has been omitted. The bold and italic type faces in BDAG are *semantic* and not having them in the Accordance version means that I cannot use it to teach the class how to use the paper version (or the e-version) effectively. I'm a bit embarassed to show the Accordance version next to either of hte other two e-versions on the other platform. I *hope* this is fixed soon.
Dr. Rod Decker
Sun Mar 23, 12:08:00 PM
Blogger Helen Brown said...
Thank you for your continued support of Accordance even in a PC environment.
The text styling is certainly important in BDAG, and we do have it. I suspect that you have OS X with the font smoothing turned on in Accordance. This requires a font with all the styles, it can no longer interpolate an italic style if the font does not have it (such as Geneva or Lucida Grande). Please try a different font such as Times New Roman or Helvetica. You can prove my point by turning off the font smoothing in Preferences/Appearance: the styles will show but of course the text will be ragged.
To everyone, please do let us know about any problem you have with Accordance or any module. The fix may not always be as quick, but we will try to help.
Sun Mar 23, 02:22:00 PM
Blogger Dr. Rod Decker said...
Interesting indeed. I would hope that is somewhere in the BDAG install instructions--but I apparently missed it entirely. It's not a real simple fix to figure out and takes some trial and error. What are the specific font requirements? I was using Gentium which *does* have an italic face, but no bold--but the italic did not display. I assume that no .dfont can be used? And not all ttf fonts that have bold and italic faces installed work either. E.g., Minion Pro (with bold, italic, and bold-italic) does NOT work--the bold appears, but not the italic. The font I'd really like to use if Cambria, one of the new Vista fonts, but when I select Cambria as the Tools font, all I get for the *entire* BDAG window are square "missing characters" boxes! Yet it has all the faces and displays correctly in Font Book and other apps. Yes, Times New Roman *does* work--but in the Library/Fonts folder that shows only the roman face (no bold or italic--I assume it must be a "suitcase" font?)! There some font issues here that aren't obvious or intuitive. Some clarification would certainly help. Accordance *ought* to be able to use any installed ttf font that has the requisite faces.
Sun Mar 23, 06:03:00 PM
We know that in Leopard certain fonts do not work at all in the User Notes. Does anyone else have specific font display problems with English fonts? Please be specific as to the font name and your system.