In bug 93968, the issue was resolved for LO's default symbol font, OpenSymbol, but the same also needs to happen for other symbol fonts like Webdings, Wingdings, Wingdings 2, and Wingdings 3.
Caolan suggested in bug 93968 comment 13 to expand the available list of symbol fonts in svtools/source/misc/sampletext.cxx under isSymbolFont and then the necessary coding can use that as the basis for the fix.
Heiko, Stuart, Cor: Do you know any symbol fonts on Windows or Linux that should be added to the list?
Alex, Steve: Do you know any symbol fonts on Mac that should be added to the list?
Caolan: Maybe you can provide a bit more details on how this can be achieved so maybe it could be an easy hack. ;D
Not an expert in this field but maybe Akshay. Arch Wiki talks about ttf-symbola https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Fonts#Emoji_and_symbols, and Braille font might be interesting too.
Seems the previews in the font name combobox seems to already have the necessary code to not render such fonts and it would be useful for both locations to share this same.
(In reply to Heiko Tietze from comment #1)
> Not an expert in this field but maybe Akshay. Arch Wiki talks about
> ttf-symbola https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Fonts#Emoji_and_symbols,
> and Braille font might be interesting too.
Checked symbola and the emoji fonts and they were fine, but Braille wasnt (bug 108738).
This is the list of symbol fonts on my system that didnt render correctly.
Bookshelf Symbol 7
So here is the patch - https://gerrit.libreoffice.org/39217
Yousuf Philips committed a patch related to this issue.
It has been pushed to "master":
tdf#108720 Add symbol fonts to isSymbolFont()
It will be available in 6.0.0.
The patch should be included in the daily builds available at
http://dev-builds.libreoffice.org/daily/ in the next 24-48 hours. More
information about daily builds can be found at:
Affected users are encouraged to test the fix and report feedback.
include/svtools/sampletext.hxx isSymbolFont currently takes a const vcl::Font &rFont and checks its charset and its family name, so I suggest changing isSymbolFont to take a rtl_TextEncoding eCharSet and OUString familyname argument instead.
Then where we currently pass in rFont to pass in rFont.GetCharSet(), rFont.GetFamilyName() and in svx/source/styles/CommonStylePreviewRenderer.cxx where we now have
change that to
if (isSymbolFont(pFontItem->GetCharSet(), pFontItem->GetFamilyName())
and presumably that should then do the right thing
Gulsah, Aron: Maybe one for the weekend. ;D
On a fairly default OSX installation :
Stix (seems to be maths sysmbols)
Apple Color Emoji
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Everyone, please open follow-up bugs for individual font requests. Mark those as blocking this bug.
Caolán outlined a suggestion with code pointers in comment 4 that as far as I can see hasn't been implemented, perhaps let's leave this bug report open until that is done.