[Pkg-fonts-devel] Slides for the "Open Fonts in Debian BoF" uploaded

Nicolas Spalinger nicolas_spalinger at sil.org
Mon Jun 18 12:17:17 UTC 2007

Hi everyone,

The slides for the the "Open Fonts in Debian BoF" (
https://penta.debconf.org/~joerg/events/67.en.html) are now available on

I realise there was way too much stuff on the slides and that we
probably didn't take enough time to discuss the issues specifically
relevant to the short-term work of the pkg-fonts team in Debian and the
corresponding team in Ubuntu are looking at. So much to say on this very
rich subject... And some of the wider-picture things are also important
to grasp.

I know many of you are already aware of what is going on but I hope it
gave you an overview of the various efforts underway in the area of open
fonts and the corresponding writing systems components. I hope you will
look at the various website that I presented to check out the work done
in these communities.

There is a good momentum building in this area IMHO. I really think the
Debian community can help bring this work much further and more
specifically out to the user base as well as providing a friendly
environment for designers.

I'm pretty sure it will provide pointers and get more people aware of
the needs and challenges we have and hopefully get more folks committed
to "draining the font swamp" as mdz recently put it.

Whether you are attending DebConf or not, let's continue discussing what
short-term goals we can work on in the following months in the lenny
cycle and how this can be reflected in the Ubuntu gustsy (and gutsy+1)
release cycle.

Personally, I'll be working on more packaging of open fonts and getting
more of the open font design toolkit in the archive over the next few
days. And continuing the review of fonts already in the archive to
reduce duplication and licensing problems.

What are your suggestions for short-term goals within the team(s)?
Do you know of good open fonts we should target?
Have you found a software gem that can be useful with fonts that we
don't have in the archive or ITP'ed yet?
Do you know about designers or font projects who we should contact to
advocate a open model of collaborative font design?

Btw, one of the proposed release goals for the i18n team which we
discussed yesterday is relevant to the work done in the font team(s):

- Prepare the system to be able to have a default font for each
language. We would need a better set of fonts installed for each
language we have what's needed to install a set of fonts depending on
the language. However, how to make the default font the correct one ?
something like update-font_alternatives could be an idea (aba)
then it could become a release goal

Thanks for your contributions!


Nicolas Spalinger

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