[OpenFontLibrary] Open Font Library Podcast: Dev Talk #1
behdad at behdad.org
Wed Jun 3 18:57:36 PDT 2009
On 06/03/2009 03:28 PM, Ed Trager wrote:
>> Fontaine also overlaps with fontconfig and
>> pango in huge parts.
> I'm not as convinced that fontaine overlaps so extensively with
> fontconfig. The way orthographies are grouped in fontaine is quite
> different than in fontconfig.
> The treatment of Japanese illustrates the difference well: Fontaine
> breaks up "Japanese" into a set of categories that are meaningful to
> Japanese people: Jinmeiyo, Joyo, and Kokuji represent different
> classes of Kanji, and then there is of course a separate group for
> kana (hiragana, katakana). For a typographer working to produce a
> Japanese font, being able to generate a report where things are
> organized into these groupings makes sense. Fontconfig on the other
> hand --correct me if I am wrong-- has a single grouping for "Japanese"
> orthography, which lumps all the Kanji and kana. This is just one
> example. There are differences in the approach fontaine takes for
> other orthographies as well.
> Overall, the general distinction is that fontaine uses
> orthographic-centric groupings that are intended to be most relevant
> to fonts and digital type design. As I understand it, fontconfig uses
> language-centric groupings.
> There is of course nothing wrong with fontconfig's approach -- or, for
> that matter, with Fontaine's approach. They simply serve different
I understand the difference. I'm not saying that the code that is out there
overlaps necessarily, but, my point is, there is a HUGE overlap in *scope*.
Very simple: If you need some code in font website, changes are very high that
you need the same code in your font dialog or font preview applications too.
So, I want to understand these needs such that we design a consistent, usable,
experience on the web as well as on the application level.
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