TTF font support flaky?

Dealing with TTF fonts outside of Panda3D is at best flaky, in my experience. I tried to load a font that I got from the Web ( and it didn’t worked. egg-mkfont write two files, and they both have stuff in it. However, trying to load the egg or the ttf file returns a font object which, according to the debugger, contains 0 characters.

Is this common for custom TTF fonts to cause problems or is it worth my time to try to get this to work?

no, i use all kinds of True Type Fonts in my stuff and they all work well.