[Pkg-fonts-devel] where to find upstream font developers?

Paul Wise pabs at debian.org
Wed Feb 7 01:16:40 CET 2007

Hi all,

ttf-mph-2b-damase is no longer developed by Mark Williamson, so I'm
going to try and form a new team to provide upstream support for it. Can
anyone provide suggestions as to which list(s) or individuals I should
send the announcement to? There are several people who commented on the
initial ITP a while ago, so they will be included.

For the curious, the email exchange between Mark and I is below:

On Tue, 2007-02-06 at 06:06 -0700, Mark Williamson wrote: 

> On 06/02/07, Paul Wise wrote:
> > I note that fixedsys.org is still not back up. Have you updated MPH 2B
> > Damase at all and placed it on a new website? If not, do you think it
> > would be a good idea to convert it to a fontforge .sfd file or two,
> > create a sourceforge or savannah project to maintain it on and solicit
> > for maintainers amongst the free fonts community? I'm sure some of the
> > people who commented on the debian package inclusion would help out. Do
> > you know if it uses any features fontforge does not support?
> No, I haven't updated the font (although I did intend to at one point,
> I'm pretty sure now it's not going to happen, at least not for a few
> years) nor have I plaed it on a new website. I don't know if it uses
> any features fontforge doesn't support -- the main issues that I would
> anticipate are how diacritics are done (I don't remember the technical
> terms, but the way I did it, iirc, is "illegal", where each
> precomposed character actually calls upon the diacritic and the base
> character and combines them on the spot), and the use of characters
> beyond the BMP (although by now, any font editor that can't handle
> that is essentially worthless, so I'm assuming that is not an issue
> with fontforge).
> You and others are welcome to do any or all of the things you
> suggested, I unfortunately do not have time right now. If nobody were
> to end up doing it, I suppose I might eventually, but unfortunately I
> am very much occupied in real life at the moment and don't anticipate
> having much, if any, time to continue my amateur font foundring for
> the next couple of years, although I would be happy to answer any
> questions at all anyone might have about fonts or writing systems.


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