[Fontconfig] IRC Log (Was: Re: IRC Meeting (#freedesktop@Freenode) tomorrow Friday, 14Jul06, 20:00 GMT: Fonts; choosing fonts; fonts.conf; fontconfig)

Simos Xenitellis simos.lists at googlemail.com
Sat Jul 15 12:01:52 PDT 2006

Dear All,

The IRC session took place yesterday and the IRC log is available at

At the end of the page there is a summary that is being built; feel free
to help out summarising the session and extracting actions to do.

There was interest to have more regular font meetings, such as an IRC
channel dedicated to issues related to fonts. We are looking into
getting #fonts on Freenode. If you can help out with this (it's already
registered), it will be appreciated.

Thanks to everyone for taking part,

Στις 13-07-2006, ημέρα Πεμ, και ώρα 20:49 +0100, ο/η Simos Xenitellis
> Dear All,
> I would like to announce an IRC meeting that will take place tomorrow
> Friday, 14th July 2006, at 20:00 GMT, at #freedesktop on Freenode (IRC).
> To find the exact local time for your country, see
> http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?year=2006&month=7&day=14&hour=20&min=0&sec=0
> For example, if you are in Paris, the meeting is on Friday at 10:00pm.
> If you are in Asia/Australia, it will probably be inconvenient. Please
> mail me about it. If there is enough interest (>5 e-mails), we can
> arrange a repeat meeting. Tell me what time is suitable for you. This is
> particularly important for Indic/CJK/etc font issues.
> The expected duration is 1 hour. Based on interest and support, we may
> arrange extra sessions. 
> The agenda includes:
> 1. discussion on basic issues on fonts; font licenses; 
> 2. building a list of 'desirable' FLOSS fonts for each language/script;
> tell us your preference; promote your preference
> 3. build an 'optimal' fonts.conf file (+ suggest
> snippets for fonts.d/); LSB common font repository
> 4. discuss the proposed fontconfig patch for granular font selection,
> http://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/fontconfig/2006-June/002332.html
> 5. discuss on writing a patch for fontconfig to disregard glyphs from
> fonts in a very low level (as if the font did not have those glyphs in
> the first place)
> The webpage of this discussion is at
> http://wiki.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software_2fFonts_2fConfiguration
> The discussion (irclog) will be saved at the above URL as well.
> Extra reading
> 1. Call to test the DejaVu fonts
> http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fonts/DejavuFeedbackCall
> 2. The Open Font License (OFL) by SIL International
> http://scripts.sil.org/OFL
> 3. Fonts page on the Freedesktop Wiki
> http://wiki.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software_2fFonts
> 4. OpenFonts page on the Ubuntu Wiki
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/OpenFonts
> 5. Fonts management
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/FontManagement
> 6. Font issues across distros
> http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fonts/FontMusings
> 7. Enhancing pango/fontconfig to help solve font issues
> http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/message.php?msg_id=18518811
> 8. re: fontconfig support to exclude glyphs from fonts
> http://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/fontconfig/2006-June/002332.html
> 9. Open source casts new mold for type design (recent font article)
> http://news.com.com/2102-7344_3-6092398.html?tag=st.util.print
> A similar IRC meeting took place last week, on input methods and
> multilingual writing support in Xorg; the discussion is available at
> http://wiki.freedesktop.org/wiki/KeyboardInputDiscussion
> Please forward this announcement where you feel appropriate.
> Hope to see you tomorrow,
> Simos

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