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Fonts: italics and bold

Using current Apple frameworks, italics and bold are generated by using the italic or bold font variants of the normal version of the specified typeface. Thus if $TextFont is Helvetica, italic text is rendered in Helvetica Italic and not a false italic of Helvetica; similar for bold text.

Some fonts well used in the past as Tinderbox defaults may lack these font variants. For instance, macOS currently has no italic variant of Lucida Grande, as was used for $TextFont in earlier versions of Tinderbox. This can be problematic when opening TBX documents created using the latter as italic text and titles are rendered as normal text. In particular this makes it difficult to tell aliases apart from original notes.

As $Text is saved as Rich Text (i.e. with embedded style information) it is not possible to recover 'lost' style caused by the above issue and it will need to be re-applied manually. For title contexts (e.g. aliases styled in italics), there are two possible solutions.