[XeTeX] seac/endchar in type2 (OT CFF) fonts

Adam Twardoch list.adam at twardoch.com
Tue Jun 20 12:47:48 CEST 2006

Pablo Rodríguez wrote:
> FreeFontPro
> (http://www.pyrus.com/downloads/freefontpro.zip) and Yanone Kaffesatz
> (http://yanone.de/cgi-bin/download.pl?file=kaffeesatzfont) include the
> seac/endchar operator. This might be due to the fact that FontLab could
> use this operator to generate composite characters in OpenType CFF fonts
> (and it this might be not avoidable from within FontLab).
No, it's mostly due to the fact that FreeFontPro was a quick-and-dirty 
job. We recommend not to use seac, and of course FontLab 4.x and FontLab 
Studio 5 have an option to decompose a font (i.e. replace the composites 
with real outlines) -- either manually or automatically upon generation. 
Since the CFF format uses outline-based subroutinization, the glyph 
definitions will be compressed anyway.


Adam Twardoch - Fontlab Ltd.
Scripting Products and Marketing Manager

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