[Pkg-fonts-devel] Inconsolata font

Atsuhito Kohda kohda at pm.tokushima-u.ac.jp
Sun Dec 5 11:17:26 UTC 2010

Dear Rogério and all,
(sorry, email address for tex-maint was wrong in the previou email.)

On Sat, 4 Dec 2010 22:58:35 -0200, Rogério Brito wrote:

> Dear Atsuhito,
> On Dec 05 2010, Atsuhito Kohda wrote:
>> I recently noticed that Inconsolata font is duplicated:
>> one from ttf-inconsolata and other from texlive-fonts-extra.
>> ttf-inconsolata: /usr/share/fonts/truetype/ttf-inconsolata/Inconsolata.otf
>> texlive-fonts-extra: /usr/share/texmf-texlive/fonts/opentype/public/inconsolata/Inconsolata.otf
> Yes, this is unfortunate. And it is not the only duplication that we see
> (e.g., Linux Libertine is also there, but with Karl Berry's naming scheme,
> and I am sure that many others may be duplicated).
>> I see some problems here.
>> Is it correct for ttf-inconsolata to put its font under 
>> truetype/ttf-inconsolata/?
> According to our new Font Policy (being written at this moment, I am behind
> my schedule here), this is not correct. The proper place would be
> opentype/inconsolata (without the truetype and the ttf- parts).

I agree(*1).  There might be many packages (ttf-gfs-*) which 
share the same problem.  For example,

>> It seems to me that texlive-fonts-extra's directory is much
>> natural for Inconsolata.otf
> No. I like to use Inconsolata for my console (actually, I am always changing
> back and forth between some fonts), and instaling texlive-fonts-extra just
> for that is way too much.
> Actually, *I* have texlive installed on my systems, but I can completely
> understand that people would like to have the font, but not all the baggage
> that texlive-fonts-* can offer.


>> Is it easy and/or possible to fix duplication for ttf-inconsolata?
> The easy and possible way to fix the duplication of, not only inconsolata,
> but other fonts is to move them from texlive-fonts-* to an appropriate
> package, and make texlive-fonts-* depend on such package.
> Of course, if texlive *needs* a proper font at a given version, then it
> should be free to carry that font with it. Otherwise, just depending on the
> font being provided by another package should suffice.

I'm afraid moving them from texlive-fonts-* to an appropriate
package and making texlive-fonts-* depend on such package
is not acceptable for TeXLive team.
I guess duplication might be much better option.

>> If there is anything unclear, please feel free to ask me.
> Does this address your concern? I think that this would lift some burden of
> the shoulders of our texlive team.

Now my main concern is when or if we can clean up some disorder 
between truetype and opentype, i.e. (*1).
Thanks for your kind reply.  

Regards,	     	       	    2010-12-5(Sun)

 Debian Developer - much more I18N of Debian
 Atsuhito Kohda <kohda AT debian.org>
 Department of Math., Univ. of Tokushima

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