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

Denis Jacquerye moyogo at gmail.com
Thu Dec 17 19:44:34 UTC 2009


I've noticed the font Ebrima on Windows 7 has N'ko support.
When I checked the font, I didn't notice any GPOS/GSUB features for
N'ko, but only named glyphs, for example uni07CA, uni07CA.fina,
uni07CA.init, and uni07CA.medi.
I'll try get another look at it to see if they actually behave as
expected when I get on a Windows 7 system.

For Linux support, Pango has implimented support similar to Arabic
since the features are practically the same. That's what we've used in
DejaVu Sans. Unfortunately there's nothing yet in the OpenType
specification. Hopefully Windows 7's behaviour can give us hints, if
it's actually working for Ebrima.

On Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 11:00 AM, Michael Everson <everson at evertype.com> wrote:
> 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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Denis Moyogo Jacquerye --- http://home.sus.mcgill.ca/~moyogo
African Network for Localisation http://www.africanlocalisation.net/
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