[Pkg-fonts-devel] Bug#573125: otf-ipafont provides ttf

Atsuhito Kohda kohda at pm.tokushima-u.ac.jp
Tue Mar 9 14:07:58 UTC 2010

Hi Yamane-san,

(please Cc: 573125-submitter at bugs.debian.org also.  I didn't
get your reply and noticed it on the web of Debian ;-)

> Yes, upstream changes its extensions from .otf to .ttf to deal with the 
> problem in some versions of MacOSX.

Ah, sorry, I didn't noticed this.  But it is very confusing
and we are not on MacOSX.

With XeTeX and/or LuaTeX, we use directly font name like
"ipam.ttf" or "iam.otf", then how one can distinguish
TrueType version of IPA and OpenType version of IPA?

With XeTeX, OpenType fonts support vertical typesetting very well 
but TrueType fonts don't.  On the contrary, OpenType fonts make 
XeTeX/LuaTeX to run very slowly but TrueType fonts make them
to run fast.

I think it is much better if OpenType fonts can be distinguished
by their extensions.

Or is it common (or will it be common soon) to call OpenType fonts 
with extension .ttf ?

> ttf-japanese-{gothic,mincho} is aimed to provide Japanese font easier, not
> just hard corded kochi font. I'm sure that I can provide otf-japanese-{gothic,mincho}
> as well, but it's not useful.

Why not useful?  If there are both otf-japanese-mincho for OpenType
fonts and ttf-japanese-mincho for TrueType fonts, it is very easy 
for a user to select OpenType and TrueType independently, I guess.  
Is there any problem?

In fact, it will be best (for me) if we can install TrueType 
and OpenType IPA at the same time but it seems not allowed...

Anyway please consider renaming the fonts.

Thanks for your maintenance.  Regards.   2010-3-9(Tue)

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

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