[lltx] fontspec tests suite

Will Robertson wspr81 at gmail.com
Fri Jun 4 09:37:05 CEST 2010

On 04/06/2010, at 4:32 PM, Diederick C. Niehorster wrote:

> When flipping front and back quickly, any
> differences are extremely easily seen when there is not too much
> content in the text (i study vision, humans are the best pattern
> detectors).

Sounds interesting!
There was a postdoc advertised in my department recently for doing "visually guide navigation" with a mobile robot; wished I'd worked harder to finish my thesis so I could have applied for it... (but then I'd have less time for LaTeX:)).

> If the imagemagick part is complicating everything a lot,
> you could even do away with it all together and let the human do it by
> flipping front and back quickly

No, the Imagemagick comparison is essential for automating it -- for unicode-math there are over 100 different tests and you certainly don't want to have to flip through them all every time you send out a new release :)

> Sounds like very nice setup, better than what I just came up with. If
> you could roll this out for fontspec would be very useful to get quick
> and detailed feedback about a whole bunch of less and more advanced
> features from a lot of users.

Well, I can't say it's a top priority in terms of being necessary, but it will be needed sooner or later. If we could recruit people to create tests for us, moreso the better. (Creating the tests is easily the most time-consuming part.)

I'll see how easy it is to adapt my unicode-math Makefile for fontspec (should be easy enough) and send out a request for contributions.

-- Will

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