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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Print
Created by Guest
Created on May 9, 2018

manage ttf fonts

Need some kind of operation to install and manage (e.g., check if a font fits ibm i, create IBM_DataObjectFont.rat, get the name for DDS FONTNAME keyword) ttf and opentype fonts.

"Unsupported method" from technote does not seem to work. A font (Linux Libertine, from Windows) that I've placed in /QIBM/UserData/OS400/Fonts/TTFonts was not included in a pdf file. User index QGSTTFIDX was created. IBM_DataObjectFont.rat (or any other .rat file) was not created in UserData and not changed in ProdData.

Message CPF6DFC when printing.

Since "OpenType is the font technology that IBM is using to support presentation of Unicode" (see a native method to manage such fonts should be available. Do not rely on 3rd party products.

Use Case:

I need to produce documents with letters from very diverse alphabets, data CCSID 1200. Therefore I've used the ttf fonts provided with 57xxSS1 Option 43.

However, these only 4 fonts (WT Serif and WT Sans) do not include e.g. bold or italic, let alone other typefaces.

Up to date business documents need a few more options.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Oct 30, 2020

    .We have added this requirement as a candidate for implementation.

  • Guest
    Dec 20, 2018

    BM has received the requirement and is evaluating it. IBM will provide a response after evaluation is complete.

  • Guest
    May 18, 2018

    I had the some the problems with creating a document with unicode characters and using a font supporting these characters. There are many pitfalls and the documentation scattered across the IBM Knowledge Center.

    "Specifying a TrueType or OpenType font" has some good clues:

    Not necessarily relevant for this but to round things up I have put my findings into this wiki article: