[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.



-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: signature.asc
Type: application/pgp-signature
Size: 1030 bytes
Desc: OpenPGP digital signature
URL: <http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/pkg-fonts-devel/attachments/20110506/042840d3/attachment.pgp>

More information about the Pkg-fonts-devel mailing list