It should, but only to maintain consistency with the rest of OS X applications and system.
To get the “UI-optimized” version of Helvetica Neue, it should be called with [NSFont systemFontOfSize:] as described here . The font’s name, “Helvetica Neue”, should not be hardcoded anywhere.
I can confirm this. LibreOffice on 10.10.3 (at least on my machine) uses Arial instead Helvetica Neue (see: Bug 91607).
Migrating Whiteboard tags to Keywords: (needsDevEval, topicUI)
Created attachment 124076 [details]
Screenshot of LibreOffice calc not using system font
I have also been experiencing this issue on OSX 10.11.4
It looks like LibreOffice is using Gill Sans Ultra Bold Regular for the active row and column, as well as the active sheet in the GUI.
The system font in newer versions of OS X is hidden and needs a special parameter to the font listing functions to show it. We don’t do that right now and end up not finding the requested font and use a fallback. We can’t also just pass that flag since it will make the font visible in the fonts drop down and we don’t want to do that, so we need to list the font internally but not show it in the fonts drop down.
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Created attachment 139266 [details]
This is still a huge problem for me. For some reason libreoffice is not just using some other font but a font that does not really exist, my UI just consists of rectangles... iMac late 2012, 10.13.2, Libreoffice 18.104.22.168
And HarfBuzz of font layout system seem not to do font fallback.
As a result, some text is garbled like squares when LO doesn't use system font.
I think this is reproduced only Language Pack installed.
Build ID: 64a0f66915f38c6217de274f0aa8e15618924765
CPU threads: 8; OS:Mac OS X 10.12.6; UI render: default;
Locale: ja-JP (ja_JP.UTF-8); Calc: group