Re: Just use font aliases. Works already.
Well, this *works* and I suppose you could call it good from the standpoint of being the only functional way of achieving this as it stands... But isn't there something to be said for a solution which is both functional and easy?
If I have, say, 1000 fonts, it's a huge pain to go through each and every one to categorize them and make font aliases. Will it work? Sure, but it's a giant expenditure of time, especially considering that if I'm going to all that trouble I'm probly a professionial with better things to do. Now consider that people all over the world are going through that same process... talk about 'reinventing the wheel', here we've got thousands of designers, artists, etc., all over the world duplicating hours and hours of tedious grunt work, for what is still probably not the optimal solution to the problem.
I don't claim to be a great expert in the field, but I and most people I speak to seem to agree that Linux treats fonts in a very unintuitive way, especially from a user standpoint. I recall in macos, all i had to do was drop the font into my system folder and the rest was taken care of... That's probly not the best model for linux to aim for, but from a user standpoint it made life pretty easy.
The bottom line i guess is that, I don't have a program to point at and say "I fixed it" but I don't think there's anything wrong with bringing up the issue again, because I certainly don't think it's been solved yet. Aliases are a nice workaround, but a real solution has yet to be discussed. Perhaps we *do* need an RFC -- it doesn't hurt to bring it up.