[Pkg-fonts-devel] font review updated

Nicolas Spalinger nicolas_spalinger at sil.org
Mon Dec 10 14:47:03 UTC 2007

Paul Wise wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've updated the Debian font review web page to current sid:
> http://pkg-fonts.alioth.debian.org/review/

Hi Paul,

Thanks a lot for taking care of that. (it's been on my todolist for a
long time).

Did you also set up a regular cron setup? Like a weekly regeneration?

> I'm also thinking of integrating the work that Gürkan Sengün did on
> [1] and adding Unicode coverage information using fontforge and
> DejaVu's unicover.pl
> 1. http://krum.ethz.ch/fonts/

What features are you thinking about?

I don't see how having a huge timestamp-ed snapshot of all the fonts in
the archive in huge tarball can be useful. There are no corresponding
descriptions and documentation. Rather misleading about the specifics of
each font family and potential problems. IMHO reminiscent of "freeware"
font sites where folks offer thousands of "free fonts" in one go.

The great work done by Myriam had the goal of helping us reduce the
duplication in the packages in the archive, help us review where the
metadata was wrong so we could communicate with upstream, unify the
licensing and spot non-free fonts who have slipped in.

I added extra ideas in the headers of the script.

But yes I agree that we need to work on adding Unicode coverage (5.0 and
5.1 later on) for the fonts, the new Dejavu build script should help
(there's also a ttfcoverage script using Font::TTF in my folder that we
can hook up to the review script).

Using the latest ftview (from the package freetype2-demos) will allow
for better internationalized output and to see all the glyphs contained
in the font instead of a latin-centric pangram.

Ideally we should integrate our review script with the great work Davide
has done for d-i font rendering reviews:


Nicolas Spalinger

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