[Pkg-fonts-devel] Please remove CIDfonts function from x-ttcidfont-conf

Hideki Yamane henrich at debian.or.jp
Tue Mar 11 22:11:35 UTC 2008

Hi Arne,

 I'll ask some Japanese TeX users (and also Debian Developer or on NM Process)
 in this weekend meeting about this issue. (I'm not familiar with TeX).

On Sat, 08 Mar 2008 12:41:29 +0800
Arne Goetje <arne at linux.org.tw> wrote:
> AFAIK CID fonts are obsolete in X.org, yes. But they are needed for TeX
> and ghostscript, because ghostscript cannot deal with the OTF format yet.
> The question now is if x-ttcidfont-conf is supposed to only configure
> fonts for X usage, or system wide, which includes ghostscript. If the
> former one, we can safely remove the CID related stuff... for the latter
> one, it needs a general overhaul, together with the gsfonts and possibly
> other related packages.
> Unfortunately the whole CID handing process in debian relies on the
> Adobe CMAPs and presumes that every CID font uses one of those CMAPs.
> This should be changed as CID fonts can bring their own CMAP files and,
> more importantly, multiple CMAP files (because that's what CID is all
> about!). However, there seems to be no sane way to install such files
> into the system and make them work system wide.
> So, if anyone has a deeper knowledge about this topic, please contact me
> and then we can discuss how this should be handled.
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