[reportlab-users] registering fonts

Roberto Alsina ralsina at netmanagers.com.ar
Thu Jan 1 20:33:14 EST 2009

Carl Karsten writes:

> I am finding myself trying to write generic code to register fonts.


> Looking at reportlab/pdfbase/pdfmetrics.py I see much the same code, but it

> depends on external stuff (system wide config files, editing

> /usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/reportlab/rl_config.py, and maybe setting an

> environment var, but I couldn't get that to work.)


> Or maybe I am missing something.


> Here is what I am hoping for: my app that uses reportlab these 2 fonts:


> /usr/share/fonts/type1/gsfonts/n019004l.afm which is part of

> http://packages.ubuntu.com/intrepid/all/gsfonts/filelist


> /usr/share/fonts/truetype/freefont/FreeSans.ttf from

> http://packages.ubuntu.com/intrepid/ttf-freefont


> My app has a local config file that holds things like database/user/pw - great

> place to store path's to fonts

> either the font's and dirs and fonts used:


> fonts=['NimbusSanL-Bold','FreeSans']

> fontdirs=['/usr/share/fonts/type1/gsfonts/',

> '/usr/share/fonts/truetype/freefont/']


> or the full pathnames:


> fontfiles=['/usr/share/fonts/type1/gsfonts/n019004l.afm',

> '/usr/share/fonts/truetype/freefont/FreeSans.ttf']


> Then my app can have some generic code that registers those fonts. I am

> guessing most apps that use reportlab need this, so it would be great if I could

> just pass those lists into some reporlab code.


> So, does anything like this exist? If not, I'll be happy to code it up and

> submit a patch - anything I should know?

There is generic font embedding stuff in rst2pdf
(http://rst2pdf.googlecode.com), where it will try to find a font by name
using a variety of mechanisms.

Can't give you more details right now because I'm at the beach but look for
font stuff it should be easy to find :-)

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