Re: ..reasonably substantial and useful
> I believe what you're looking for is
> called a 'book'. Say it with me...
Isn't that some kind of non-volitile storage medium? I've heard they're very rare ... you should have one.
Gratuitious Max Headroom Reference
Re: Just use font aliases. Works already.
> There is no need to reinvent the wheel
> (and it has already been discussed on
> Freshmeat some times ago).
> For the X Window System there is
> already a good way to organize fonts in
> groups: font aliases.
You've just outlined an excellent method whereby the Author's suggestion can be realized. However, it is really unrealistic to expect users to wade through 2000+ fonts categorizing each one in this fashion, and as it stands wading through fonts in the traditional method <i>is</i> cumbersome, sufficiently so that many people avoid changing around their fonts unless absolutely necessary simply because of the time involved in finding what one is looking for.
So I would suggest that those who know something about fonts, like graphics designers, begin collaborating on a fonts aliases file that could, perhaps someday, be distributed with XFree itself, but at least in the interim would be something one could download and install, thereby making fonts easier to manage and easier to find.
One of the real pleasantries of GNU/Linux and X is the frequency with which problems like this find simple, elegant solutions like the one you outlined to problems such as the author outlined. :)