On Debian GNU/Linux I am attempting to use
librsvg2 to render a
few small images (because Mozilla-based browsers cannot display SVG),
and the wrong font is being used. How do I find out how to correct this?
Here is a sample file. First, the SVG version (source code:
The font-family attribute specifies 'Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif'. In Adobe's SVG Viewer 3.0 it looks like this:
This uses the font Helvetica; you can tell by looking for the flat top on the t, the curly tail on the a, and the spur (beard) on the G. Batik works fine, but chooses to use Arial rather than Helvetica:
You can tell it's Arial from the slanted t, the less-curled tail on
the a, and the beardless capital G. Finally, here's the
I don't know what font this is, but it is neither Arial nor Helvetica. More significantly, it has different font metrics. (I think it is Bitstream Vera Sans, the default sanserif font.)
In this particular instance, I want Helvetica (or Arial), because that
is (more or less) the font used in the Flickr logo. Also, as discussed
yesterday, the difference in the metrics of the font means the word falls
off the edge of the picture. Now, neither Helvetica nor Arial are free
software, although for a while Microsoft were allowing people to
download Arial gratis, but there are other metrically compatible
sanserif fonts. I seem to remember using URW Gothic in TeX back in the
early 1990s, and Debian has a
fc-list command whose output includes
references to this font; does that mean it is installed in a way that
rsvg can use it? If so, couldn't it be aliased to Helvetica for the
sake of simplifying cross-platform SVG?
librsvg2 web page has nothing to offer on configuring the way it finds fonts.
This library is based on Ralph Levien's library Libart;
perhaps there will be some clues there? There are some references to
fonts -- unfortunately the first one Google found for me was about how
the SVG specification makes implementing text needlessly
complicated! Oh, well.