[R] CairoPDF, Fonts, and Windows 7

From: Al Roark <hrbuilder_at_hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2011 11:39:15 -0500

Hi All:
I have some basic questions about Cairo graphics engine. I'm trying to use the Cairo package to produce PDF output, mainly because I perceive it to be easy to use with a wide variety of fonts.
But right now, I'm stuck trying to figure out what fonts are available to be used with Cairo, specifically the CairoPDF function. I've been able to successfully produce some test PDFs with grid graphics and CairoPDF (and the font "Georgia"), so my basic setup is working. I've tried to experiment with the CairoFonts() function but get the message: "the R Cairo package was not installed with fontconfig. Please consider installing the cairo graphics engine (www.cairographics.org) with freetype and fontconfig support" I'm not quite sure how to interpret this. My version of Cairo comes from the GTK+ 2.22 bundle from the GTK+ Project website. I'm running R 2.12.2 on Windows 7. Any feedback or direction toward informative resources is much appreciated. Cheers,Al

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