I’m not sure how you’d measure an ounce of prevention or a pound of cure, but the philosophy holds: it takes less time and effort to prevent a problem than to fix it.
Follow these simple guidelines to stay trouble-free, or at least make troubleshooting or fix-ups easier when a problem crops up:
Upgrade, upgrade, upgrade: First, upgrade to Tiger: its general approach to fonts and native font-handling capabilities are miles ahead of its Mac OS X predecessors.
Next, keep upgrading Tiger versions. There’s no excuse not to, since these minor updates are free. And font management is one of the things that has changed, sometimes significantly, with each 10.4.x version. In fact, the delta ...