[Pkg-fonts-devel] Packaging Shavian fonts and RiordonFancy

Thomas Thurman thomas at thurman.org.uk
Sat Feb 19 20:16:59 UTC 2011

There are some free fonts I would like to use on my Debian system. Of course,
I could install them manually, but I would rather like to package them so
other people can use them. Therefore, I thought I would send this email
as an exploration before any more formal ITP process.

I am familiar with .deb packaging, but I have not packaged fonts before.
Is there some guide I should be familiar with, or should I just go ahead
and package them how I see fit-- according to the general packaging
guidelines, of course, and having dissected existing font files to
to see precedent?

The fonts are:

1) Four fonts which cover the Shavian range in Unicode (U+10450-U+1047F).
Three are sans-serif and one is serif. This range, to my knowledge, is
not supported by any font currently available in Debian. These files
were created by Philip Driscoll and placed by him in the public domain.
(They do however have the "do not modify" flag turned on in the TTF file;
I intend to turn this off before packaging.) I intend to package all
four together in the same package.

2) The font "RiordonFancy", a stylised fantasy font created by my
daughter Riordon Turner.  You can see it here:
The licence is the OFL. It has been packaged in Fedora for a while.

I am not a DM, but many of my friends are members of the Debian
project and I doubt I'll have difficulty finding a sponsor.

Thank you for your time.


Thomas Thurman, poet and programmer - thomas at thurman.org.uk
My poems, mostly formalist, one each day: http://thomasthurman.org/poem-a-day/
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