[lltx] luaotfload maintenance

Ulrike Fischer news3 at nililand.de
Mon Jun 18 09:37:48 CEST 2012

Am Mon, 18 Jun 2012 08:06:00 +0200 schrieb Patrick Gundlach:

>> As an example: I'm interested in "virtual lua fonts", that means
>> some lua-code which describes a font build by getting (and
>> reordering) glyphs from other real fonts and which can be loaded
>> like a real font with the \font command. At some time it could be
>> done in context (and so also with luaotfload when it was in sync)
>> but you had to use undocumented internal functions with not garanty
>> that they didn't change the next day and there wasn't a sane way to
>> set up the search pathes for such fonts. It is no fun to develop
>> only such ad-hoc solutions. 
> would having a new font format ending with ".luafont" (or
> something similar) and a defined API help? Or what would your
> preferred interface be like?

I'm open to everything as long as it is stable and usable ;-). 

Personally I think that a dedicated extension (.luavf, .luafont,
.lvf, or whatever) and a kpse-search path in \fonts, e.g. fonts\lvf
or fonts\luafont would be the best. This would prevent arbitrary
files to be loaded as fonts.

A year ago something like "\font\test=file:myvirtualfont.lua" worked
with context, but the lua-files had to be in the standard lua-search

Ulrike Fischer 

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