[Qgis-developer] Font for tests

Larry Shaffer larrys at dakotacarto.com
Fri Jan 10 10:45:20 PST 2014

Hi Matthias,

On Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 10:29 AM, Matthias Kuhn <matthias.kuhn at gmx.ch>wrote:

> Hi,
> I was looking at some of the tests, and realized, that the composerhtml
> test fails because of some slight font differences.
> Firebug tells me that the following fonts are used (defined by
> bootstrap.css):
> "Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif
> I don't have any of these Helvetica fonts installed and I am not sure
> about their licensing, but it seems that no package includes them just like
> that. Does anybody know a font which is just available out of the box on
> all plattforms to get around such issues? Arial maybe?
> This option seems much better to me than fixing things with a tolerance
> param.

About a year ago, I added a custom built, very lightweight font,
FreeSansQGIS, just for tests [0], based off of FreeSans. Usage info is
explained in its README [1], notably that the font not be installed on the
system. It is intended to be loaded on-the-fly via Qt's font-handling
routines, and is already available in the utilities.py module via
loadTestFont() [2].

I have also added it to the startup functionality of the QGIS app and
server [3], which loads the font if the testdata directory is available,
e.g. when running ctest from build directory. Feel free to fix anything
wrong with my implementation.

Regardless, I have still seen differences in how the same font is drawn by
the different systems' window server, so some amount of tolerance (or a set
of anomalies) is probably always going to be needed. Though, hopefully
that's not a moving target because of the standardized test font.

Recently I came across another test font used by the MapServer project,
which we might also consider using because it also has bold face [4]. Not
sure how it compares to the 'normal' Vera font. However, I think if it is
used it should still be renamed to FreeSansQGIS to avoid conflict with
installed fonts, and make it easily searchable in the QFontDatabase.

[0] https://github.com/qgis/QGIS/tree/master/tests/testdata/font
[3] https://github.com/qgis/QGIS/blob/master/src/app/main.cpp#L739-L746

[4] https://github.com/mapserver/mapserver/tree/master/tests/vera



> Have a nice weekend,
> Matthias
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