[Pkg-fonts-devel] Looking for a sponsor for my fonts-hack package

Jonas Smedegaard dr at jones.dk
Thu Sep 3 20:31:41 UTC 2015

[reposted, cc Paride]

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Quoting Paride Legovini (2015-09-03 16:11:06)
> On 2015-09-03 15:47, Fabian Greffrath wrote:
>> Am Donnerstag, den 03.09.2015, 15:39 +0200 schrieb Fabian Greffrath:
>>> changelog and .ttf files in a brebuild/ directory.
>> Sorry, it's the build/ directory. I have no idea what's the 
>> difference to the prebuild/ directory, though, maybe some step in the 
>> building process.
>> And, please, consider packaging the .otf font instead!
> I tried the .otf font first, and I found it very bad. After this I 
> found out the on Linux system the the .ttf version is recommended, and 
> indeed the result is much, mych better. The README says: "The .ttf 
> files are recommended for screen use on Linux and Windows platforms."

Maybe these Opentype fonts really are in worse shape¹ than the Truetype 
counterparts, but more likely the recommendation (and your tests?) 
relate to application support for the font formats: Applications vary 
widely in how they render fonts.

Kerning: Scribus until ~1.3.6 (or maybe later) ignored kerning data when 
rendering Opentype fonts: http://bugs.scribus.net/view.php?id=7910

Featues: Inkscape does not support Opentype "features", accessible 
(clumsily but working) in Truetype as separate families (e.g. Oldstyle 
figures): https://bugs.launchpad.net/inkscape/+bug/1386778

'locl' feature: Noto CJK fonts are huge but nevertheless are provided 
upstream in several Opentype and Truetype encodings, due to varying 
issues with handling them, one being that some applications cannot tell 
the font renderer which flavor (Opentype "locl" feature) to pick from a 
multi-flavored CJK font: https://www.google.com/get/noto/help/cjk/

Therefore: Please consider sharing which tests you made using which 
applications, so that we can try identify whether Opentype fonts or 
rendering is the actual issue here.

 - Jonas

¹ Literally ;-)

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