[tex-live] Conflits in gsfonts packge and tex-live distro
pander at users.sourceforge.net
Thu May 21 09:19:19 CEST 2009
Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
> The UniqueID should better be removed because Adobe doesn't asign new
> ones any more. It doesn't hurt if it's missing, but you run into
> trouble if two different fonts have the same one.
Perhaps it is worthwhile that an independent (open) font group would
like to take the task upon them of assigning unused unique font id to
people that request one.
Getting off-topic now: I'm a bit new in the world of fonts but after
having worked intensively with font files, I must say that sometimes a
lot of meta data is missing or incorrect.
I think a "stamp of approval" or "certificate of correct meta data" for
correct meta data on types would be in place (if it does not exist). May
be an automated webservice could do the assigning of new unique font ids
and at the same time do some basic checking.
To illustrate my point I have attached a list of some font types (pfb,
otf and ttf) that are not really convenient (to say the least):
Let's start out with some (sort of) normal styles:
Demi Bold Italic
Bold Condensed Italic
Bold Extended Italic
Bold Extended Slanted
Roman Bold Variant
Variable Width Typewriter Italic
Condensed Bold Oblique,Bold Oblique
Condensed Bold Italic,Bold Italic
Some might say words like Dunhill, Condensed, Heavy, Medium and Light
belong in the font name, not in the style. Let us leave that outside of
this story for now.
Now some that could better have a space:
Some that need capitalisation:
Some that need no abbreviation:
Some that need ,Regular:
Some that need Regular:
Small Caps (because sometimes also Bold Small Caps exist)
Caps and Small Caps (because sometimes also Bold Caps and Small Caps exist)
Some that do not need Regular:
Regular Condensed Italic
Some that need English translation:
Part of name in style (somewhat the same story as Heavy and Medium in
style of in name, but Sans Serif and Serif is at a higher classification
and should not belong here):
Sans Serif Slanted
Sans Serif Bold Extended Slanted
Sans Serif Quotation
Sans Serif Demi Condensed
Sans Serif Quotation Inclined
Sans Serif Bold Extended
Too much information:
Small Caps & Old Style Figures
And many, many fonts, also repeat the font name or the size in points
inside the style :( Even illegal characters in OTF file meta data on
which the xml parser employed by ttx is choking.
I know part of the style info is also in the file names, but even that
is not 100% correct. but I must say that the software handling all this
for selecting the correct font for TeX and via fontconfig for other apps
is very good if you look at all the variants or errors.
To return to the "correct meta data" approval for fonts, it boils down
to what the community is able (or would like to) to pull of. As I said,
I'm new in the font world, hence my newly acquired amazement ;) Probably
I'm not the only one having noticed this.
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