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i've noticed an odd problem with fonts in KDE-based applications (as opposed to, say OpenOffice.) Mym specifc complaint is with Kword (part of kOffice.)
We know that each type of font has its own characters that make it unique. The letters in NimbusRoman are different from those of Palatino, for example, so are the characters. NimbusRoman quotation marks look like sixes, while Palladio (Palatino) quotations are slanted slashes.
The problem? The quotation marks, as well as other characters, show up as fairly generic quotations that are the same for most fonts. These should not be speiclal characters, either. In OpenOffice, quotations assume the style of their font. In kWord, they do not. This might have something to do with the way KDE handles TrueType fonts.
So, the proper-looking characeters are available, bit they are under "special characters" and are not available directly from the keyboard. It's like KDE just draws its own plain-looking quotation marks instead of using the proper ones tht come with the font.