Bug 146123 - Missing font; needs notification
Summary: Missing font; needs notification
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 96872
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: x86-64 (AMD64) Linux (All)
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Reported: 2021-12-08 12:00 UTC by Brittain S
Modified: 2021-12-08 14:37 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Description Brittain S 2021-12-08 12:00:18 UTC
When you open an odt that contains a font that isn’t present it looks like Writer italicizes the font name in the font menu to indicate that it isn’t installed. That is no where near intuitive enough. I believe there needs to be some popup or tool-tip to tell you that you are trying to view a document that contains a font you do not have installed. Something to indicate that you are viewing an approximation of the document. Sadly this user spent 4-5 hours trying older versions, different machines, reinstalling, in order to recover formatting on a document. If it had been more obvious that the font that LibreOffice was trying to display didn't exist then it would have been a trivial fix. 

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Open a document that was written with a font that is not installed
2.View the font listed in the fonts section as if that is the font being displayed - it is italicized to indicate it isn't installed (inadequate)
3.Install missing font.

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Reproducible: Always

User Profile Reset: No

OpenGL enabled: Yes

Additional Info:
This is a suggestion, not a bug. I was referred to file a report after posting on the ask.libreoffice.org forum.
Comment 1 V Stuart Foote 2021-12-08 14:37:50 UTC
for an idea of where the project may go see the UX-Design blog https://design.blog.documentfoundation.org/2016/10/21/dealing-with-missing-fonts/

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 96872 ***