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

Jonas Smedegaard dr at jones.dk
Fri Sep 4 12:48:24 UTC 2015

Quoting Paride Legovini (2015-09-04 13:59:04)
> On 2015-09-04 13:33, Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
>> Quoting Paride Legovini (2015-09-04 10:31:10)
>>> On 2015-09-04 00:49, Norbert Preining wrote:
>>>>> Check the two attached files, it's apparent that otf version gives 
>>>>> a result that is by far worse. Check especially the bold 'm' 
>>>>> letter, the dollar symbol and the dot inside of the '0' character.
>>>> Hi everyone. Just one code point: I have installed the OTF fonts 
>>>> (outside packaging) and have them running in roxterm, and I don't 
>>>> see the artefacts that are indeed clearly visible in the 
>>>> screenshots.
> With roxterm I'm getting the same output I get with sakura (as expected).

Oh - I just tried install roxterm and other alternatives but couldn't 
figure out how to tell it which font to use...

Sakura and Roxterm link against libvte-2.90 and libvte-2.91, both of 
which are linked against GTK3.  Could be interesting to test e.g. 
mate-terminal which is linked against libvte9 and GTK2.  And 
rxvt-unicode which supports Freetype fonts but not VTE nor GTK.

>> Attached are ghostscript renderings of the two main fonts
>> I cannot see any difference
>> I believe the hinters are relevant for screen rendering only.
>> I still recommend to package both Truetype and Opentype
> So my understanding so far goes like this:
> 1. otf anf ttf describe the same typefaces;
> 2. what changes is the result after the hinting process for screen
> rendering. For some reason (different information in the files?
> different treatment by the hinting library?) the result vary.
> 3. If I disable hinting, the rendering is indeed identical. (With one
> difference: with the otf version the lines are a bit more spaced.)
> 4. As hinting settings, display resolution, personal preference may
> vary, the best option is to package all the available versions.

I agree with that.  What do others feel about this?

> Where should the web fonts be installed?

WOFF below /usr/share/fonts/woff/hack
EOT below /usr/share/eot/hack
SVG /usr/share/fonts/svg/hack

I would suggest to skip ttf-web for now.

 - Jonas

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