which all have the same weight, width and style, what values do you supply for Postscript and TTF names to cause the operating system and apps to see these fonts as individual fonts and as members of one family.
I have in mind the Adobe Pro Optical OTFs which show up in a font menu under one family name, with the individual typefaces appearing in the families' sub menu.
If a family can only have four members (regular, italic, bold and bold italic) per the name table specification for name ID 1 (Font Family) how will the OS tell our four regular fonts (MyFont Regular, MyFont Caption, MyFont Subhead and MyFont Display) apart?
Won't they look like four Regular fonts from the MyFont family to the OS?
Won't the OS enable only one font and disable the other three?
Yes, the Bulmer Standard family works in both InDesign and the Mac OS X Character Palette, altho the listing orders are different in both apps. InDesign lists them Display, Regular, Italic, Italic Display, then the Bolds. The listing in Character Palette is truly random.
I have sent Apple a notice via the Mac OS X Feedback form including a note that the Character Palette does not seem to respond to a notification that a font has been deleted (you can't empty the Trash until a Restart).
I have also asked for help in Apple's Cocoa Programming forum because the Font Panel is part of Cocoa, but I did not get a response.
I have also sent a message to the Apple Mac OS X Fonts Tools support team asking where I should seek support for fonts under Mac OS X, but it is the holiday season and I haven't received a response yet.
I don't know what else to do.
What I need is a bigger gun. Assuming that all of Adobe's large font sets will be affected in the same manner, and considering the possible marketing ramifications for Adobe, I'm hoping you are it (the big gun I mean).
All four show up as Regular in the typeface column.
With the Didot LT Std package:
Select All Text in an app that uses the Mac OS X Font Panel
Choose Helvetica Regular for the font
Choose Didot LT Std for the font
Your text is now formatted with Didot LT Std Headline instead of Didot LT Std Roman, i.e., the font substitution algorithm doesn't make very good choices.
While the peculiar and anomalous functioning of the Mac OS X Font Panel is certainly not the responsibility of Adobe, it would be helpful to the consumer if Adobe's testing included an actual test of the fonts in the Font Panel, or, if Adobe can't guess (since there doesn't seem to be any documentation available) how the Font Panel operates, it seems prudent to warn a consumer that the Adobe OTF library is handled in a peculiar manner in Mac OS X Cocoa apps.
p.s. Still no word from Apple about where I can discuss or get help with font problems. It would seem to me that since DTP played such a large role in the success of Apple's Mackintosh that they would be more attentive.