[Pkg-fonts-devel] Font packages renaming mini-HOWTO?
Daniel Kahn Gillmor
dkg at fifthhorseman.net
Fri May 6 16:16:20 UTC 2011
On 05/06/2011 12:58 AM, Christian PERRIER wrote:
> This should be considered only when there is a need to make it
> clear that fonts belong to a same "family" or origin.
Doesn't the term "family" already have specific meaning in font-land?
For example, I think of Libertine as a family, consisting of Libertine
Normal, Libertine Bold, Libertine Condensed, Libertine Italic, etc. So
i would hesitate to overload the term to also mean "fonts from a given
origin", since it's not hard to find two fonts from the same foundry
that aren't "familiar" in this sense.
So that leaves "fonts from a given origin" as the only rationale for
incuding the foundry in the name -- but as pabs pointed out, we don't
generally include the origin of other software in the package name (e.g.
GNU coreutils is just coreutils) unless a disambiguation among
alternatives is needed (e.g. netcat-*).
So *my* innate conservatism says: "why should fonts be any different?"
We should keep the package naming conventions simple and consistent with
the rest of the archive.
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