[Pkg-fonts-devel] Bug#662924: Bug#662924: Bug#662924: ttf-freefont: What is Untitled1.ttf?

Steve White stevan.white at googlemail.com
Thu Mar 8 23:02:11 UTC 2012

Hi Khaled,

I agree as to a preference of cubic over quadratic splines, and also,
the conversion from cubic to quadratic splines loses information.

Both TrueType and OpenType are wrapper formats, that can contain
either cubic (Type1) or quadratic (TrueType) contours.

However some technologies (afaik) such as TrueType instructions, only
apply to quadratic contours.  I know from past experiments that in
some environments, this can make a big difference in display quality.

Either works well with current free-sofware technology. I'm now in the
process of testing Vista (again) and Windows 7, in which it's much
harder to get good quality.

For the future, I think only OpenType is moving forward though.  I'm
keeping TrueType primarily for older systems.

On Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 11:22 PM, Khaled Hosny <khaledhosny at eglug.org> wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 08, 2012 at 08:15:43PM +0100, Fabian Greffrath wrote:
>> Hey Steve,
>> Am Donnerstag, den 08.03.2012, 11:14 +0100 schrieb Steve White:
>> > The TrueType and OpenType binaries *intended by the FreeFont people*
>> BTW, whatis the prefered font format by FreeFont upstream, Truetype or
>> Opentype? I am asking for two reasons:
> AFAICT, the SFD files are using cubic (PostScript) splines, so
> CFF-flavoured OpenType (aka .otf) is the natural choice. Converting
> cubic splines to quadratic ones, for TrueType, in not a lossless
> conversion[1] and thus, IMO, should be avoided if possible.
> [1] http://fontforge.sourceforge.net/faq.html#cubic-quadratic
> Regards,
>  Khaled

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