[Pkg-fonts-devel] fontconfig author and WOFF

Jonas Smedegaard jonas at jones.dk
Sun Aug 6 20:07:42 UTC 2017

Hi Bobby,

Quoting Bobby de Vos (2017-08-06 21:29:36)
> I talked with Keith Packard, the author of fontconfig while at 
> DebConf. He thinks the following should be done regarding the issue of 
> where to place WOFF files.
> * FreeType should be enhanced to so it can tell fontconfig which fonts
> are in WOFF containers, and prioritize TrueType before WOFF.
> * If a Debian package ships a TrueType file, do not place the WOFF file
> where fontconfig can find it.
> * Upgrade xdvipdfmx so that it can read a WOFF, strip off the header,
> and uncompress the TrueType data.
> This means that there should not be a fontconfig configuration file to
> exclude WOFFs. He said some font designers may only release WOFF, so
> WOFF needs to be handled.
> If a package includes a TrueType (or I would add OpenType file) do not
> place the WOFF file where fontconfig can find it. He suggested the
> location /usr/share/sil/<packagename> which I think could be changed to
> /usr/share/<packagename>/woff which Fabian suggested.
> So while this might be agreeable to Fabian, I think Jonas would not be
> pleased, so I merely wish to communicate what Keith and I discussed in
> person.

I am indeed not in favor of second step (avoid common font path for 
WOFF), but not shout loudly if implemented, just grumble in a corner and 
mention at every future debconf we meet ;-)

That said - I fail to see the need for first and last steps, if second 
step is omplemented: Was the plan perhaps to do second step only 
temporary, and revert when first and last steps was in place?

 - Jonas

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