[OpenFontLibrary] timeline + going live

Ed Trager ed.trager at gmail.com
Thu Jan 15 04:53:38 PST 2009

Hi, Jon,

I'm the guy currently working on a server-side font analysis program for
OFLB.  The idea is that when a user uploads a new font, the program analyzes
the font to determine various properties of the font, including orthographic
coverage, *inter alia*.

The program's output report will inform OFLB whether, for example, a font
covers only Western Latin or whether it also covers Central European,
Turkish, or Vietnamese extended Latin characters.  Similarly useful analyses
will be performed for non-Latin scripts, if present in the font.  The report
results will then be stored so that users browsing available fonts will be
able to instantly see coverage results.  Eventually it should also be
possible to search for fonts meeting specific coverage requirements, among
other things.

I personally believe that the font analysis program will form a key part of
the new OFLB site. The font analysis program is currently in an alpha stage
of development.  I think I will have the program to a fairly decent "beta"
stage by the middle of February.  Integrating the program into the OFLB cms
will also require development work and time.  If I had to put forth an
estimated completion date, I'd venture to say no sooner than the middle of

There are probably other aspects of the development picture that I am not
aware of, so it would be good to hear what Dave and Ben say.  I can only
address the area of site development that I am personally involved in.

Best - Ed

On Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 3:34 AM, Jon Phillips <jon at rejon.org> wrote:
> Dave and Ben, what else is needed to get OFLB live? What timetable? I
> want to make sure we get good press launch out of things too. My head
> hasn't been so in the game, but want to make sure and assist on powerful
> lauch.
> You guys have and are doing great job!
> Jon
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