[Pkg-fonts-devel] Common script for conversion of font files

Daniel Kahn Gillmor dkg at fifthhorseman.net
Tue Feb 15 20:55:55 UTC 2011

On 02/15/2011 03:39 PM, Rogério Brito wrote:
> ... a BIG but is that we should *not* be recompiling fonts from their
> sources, since we can introduce many, many problems (floating pointing
> errors are just the beginning) and ruining the layout of the fonts.

I'm sorry, but i disagree pretty strongly with you on this point,
Rogerio.  Debian is about free software, which includes the ability to
modify the software.

Making sure that we have the toolchain available (and working!) to
successfully recompile fonts from source (their preferred form for
modification) is as important as making sure we can successfully
recompile other software from source.

> Please, be careful that you will also have to take the kerning tables, font
> hinting, substitution tables etc. into account. Some of those are taken care
> of by fontforge automatically, but some don't.

These sound like bugs to be filed against the relevant parts of the
toolchain, not reasons to avoid the toolchain altogether.

Towards a better free font infrastructure,


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