[Pkg-fonts-devel] Packaging teh Conakry font for Debian/Ubuntu

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Wed Dec 16 10:00:13 UTC 2009

Hi Christian,

On 13 Dec 2009, at 17:16, Christian Perrier wrote:

> The Debian/Ubuntu fonts packaging team is considering the packaging  
> of the Conakry font you designed, as a .deb file included in the  
> distributions so that users don't have to install it manually as you
> describe on http://www.evertype.com/fonts/nko/

That would be nice; I would rather have a link (a permanent link) to a  
Linux version from my site anyway. But... I hope you are not stripping  
out the Mac support in what you are doing with the font. I am not sure  
what you are doing really.

> The packaging of the font is easy. However, when we package fonts,  
> we generally try to have the package buildable and, therefore, we  
> generally prefer building from the FontForge .sfd files when they're  
> available.

I don't use FontForge.

> That also makes modifications of the font easier if people want to  
> go this way (and provided they respect the OFL license, of course).

What I hope for is that Conakry (with that name) can be made to work  
on Mac, Linux, and Windows (though I despair of the last) distributed  
in one font that will work on all platforms. Unfortunately I never  
worked out how exactly to get the Linux to work.

There were some bug reports from users about input support. A letter  
may have two diacritics, one above and one below. But the internal  
mappings should work in both directions: Letter+Abovemark+Belowmark  
and Letter+Belowmark+Abovemark.

Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/

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