[Pkg-fonts-devel] ttf-gfs-porson_1.000-2_i386.changes REJECTED

Nicolas Spalinger nicolas_spalinger at sil.org
Wed Apr 23 14:51:44 UTC 2008

Thomas Viehmann wrote:
> Hi Nicolas,
> Nicolas Spalinger wrote:
>> It's rather hard to provide good font specimens in another format. And 
>> these particular set of pdf specimens have been made with Indesign, 
>> which means having that kind of source file is not very useful for 
>> Debian. If we had png files as specimen would we need to provide some 
>> sort of source too?
> All files in Debian need to be reproducible from source.

OK, so specimen images (png, jpg) would comply with our policy as the 
preferred method if we can't have usable source files for such pdfs, right?

> As this seems to be a 
> common problem for font packages, it would be great if you could find a way to 
> produce font samples using free software. If the fonts can be used with LaTeX, 
> using that might be a good way.

You're right. We should work on automating the creation of specimens 
with sources across font packages, and advocate the tools to upstream 
designers as well.

Newer generation of LaTeX (TeXlive with XeTeX and friends) can use
truetype/opentype fonts. That's something we can look into.

There are also tools to show coverage (glyph charts) like Eugeniy 
Meshcheryakov's fntsample or Martin Hosken's Fret script (based on 
Font::TTF) but it would be good to have sample text also to see how the 
fonts look used with real text, the difficulty being that this text is 
often language-specific and designed to demonstrate the capabilities of 
the font.

>> We can fix the description-related bug.
> Thanks. While you're at it, you still have the wrong domain in the debian/copyright.


> Kind regards
> T.

Thanks again,

Nicolas Spalinger

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