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    Question Does Libre Office have its own distinct set of fonts?

    I am having a perplexing time.

    I wish to put a certain character into a document.

    Looking through the Character Map, I find the character that I need in the Webdings font.

    But when I attempt to put this into my Libre Office document, it puts in a different character.

    Screenshot 1: Character Map showing Wingding's first 77 characters (A–Z, a–z, and more). The aeroplane, which you can see is Ň or Unicode 00D2, is highlighted.
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    Screenshot 2: Libre Office with the letters A, Z, a, z, ĺ (Unicode AA) and Ň (Unicode D2).
    Libre Office characters.png

    As you can see, the letters A, Z, a and z all match. But the Unicode characters AA and D2 do not; they show respectively a radio and an aeroplane in Character Map, but a folded piece of paper and an in-tray in Libre Office.

    In fact, I cannot find the folded piece of paper or the in-tray anywhere in Character Map. From where is Libre Office getting them?

    Please help me resolve this discrepancy so that I can find the characters that I need in Libre Office.

    • Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit fully updated.
    • Libre Office 4.0.0.3
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    Re: Does Libre Office have its own distinct set of fonts?

    Re. LibreOffice fonts, I see this in 3.6:
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    Re: Does Libre Office have its own distinct set of fonts?

    What character are you actually trying to put into LO?

    I'm on Xubuntu 12.10. In Character Map, those two characters actually show up as accented letters whcih is what the description below says they are. However, when I paste them into LO, I see the little a and O acute if I use most fonts and I see the paper and in-tray if I change the font to webdings.

    So there seems a disparity between LO+webdings and Character Map. And Character Map behaves differently between 12.04 and 12.10.

    There is a unicode plane symbol at U+2708 that works in most fonts.
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    Re: Does Libre Office have its own distinct set of fonts?

    Quote Originally Posted by vasa1 View Post
    Re. LibreOffice fonts, I see this in 3.6:
    I also have the Liberation fonts.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Cog View Post
    What character are you actually trying to put into LO?
    I was trying to add the five-point star, noted in Character Map as Unicode F2 (ň). In Libre Office, I get something that looks like a squirrel.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Cog View Post
    So there seems a disparity between LO+webdings and Character Map. And Character Map behaves differently between 12.04 and 12.10.
    Indeed. Most frustrating. I also tried to use Specimen Font Viewer, and that gives the same result as Character Map.

    I think that I should post a query on the Libre Office mailing list.

    EDIT: I have posted this question to the Libre Office mailing list.
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    Re: Does Libre Office have its own distinct set of fonts?

    Can I suggest that you forget dingbats and use 2605 Black Star instead?
    Although I am very keen to know why dingbats behaves so oddly this way. I will follow that question with interest.

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    Re: Does Libre Office have its own distinct set of fonts?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Cog View Post
    … forget dingbats and use 2605 Black Star instead?
    That's a good workaround, thank you.
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    Re: Does Libre Office have its own distinct set of fonts?

    I just discovered that in my LO, capital 'H' comes out as a black star in dingbats. So if you really want to use dingbats, try that.

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    Re: Does Libre Office have its own distinct set of fonts?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Cog View Post
    I just discovered that in my LO, capital 'H' comes out as a black star in dingbats. So if you really want to use dingbats, try that.
    That's strange. It seems that Dingbats is doing something similar to Webdings. Curiouser and curiouser!
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    Re: Does Libre Office have its own distinct set of fonts?

    Neither webdings or dingbats conform to unicode - I think they were invented to solve a problem that unicode eventually solved, so I would regard them as legacy fonts now. I would always prefer to use a proper unicode character if I could find one.

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    Re: Does Libre Office have its own distinct set of fonts?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Cog View Post
    … I would regard them as legacy fonts now. I would always prefer to use a proper unicode character if I could find one.
    Thank you. That makes sense. It does mean, however, that you would have to use images instead of fonts for certain characters. Fortunately, that is quite easy with Libre Office.

    I shall bear this in mind next time.
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