[Fontconfig] New Font Attributes

Behdad Esfahbod behdad at behdad.org
Fri Jul 5 06:33:13 PDT 2013

On 13-07-04 08:12 PM, Akira TAGOH wrote:
> I can't say anything off hand so far because I'm not sure what you
> want to do with it. you can mention more details here though, if there
> are any way to organize them automatically, it may be, otherwise one
> needs to make a list by the hand, which is able to do that even now.
> and may be a bit hard to maintain and keep up-to-date.

Reading PANOSE data has been suggested before, though I'm not sure many fonts
correctly set those.


> On Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 8:27 PM, Timothy S. Nelson <wayland at wayland.id.au> wrote:
>>         Hi all.  I've run into the common problem of too many fonts, and not
>> enough stuff to help me filter through them.  While I intend to work on this
>> problem at a higher level (starting mid-2014, I hope), I saw that fontconfig
>> might, with a few extra attributes, be able to help with this.
>>         While I was thinking about this, I also had a look at the Truetype
>> spec, which also has more attributes than FontConfig does (I'm assuming that
>> the fonts-conf manpage is up-to-date).  Thus I thought it might be time to
>> canvass the list and see whether there are other attributes which need to be
>> added.
>>         I'm proposing that we add attributes in two groups.  Those which
>> help with font categorisation are:
>> alphabetic: alphabetic or glyphic(?) (ie. dingbats, frames, the like)
>> lettershape: what the general letter shape is (ie. Roman, Blackletter,
>> Uncial,
>>         etc, etc)
>> strokeends: various types of stroke endings on serif and sans-serif fonts;
>>         this will be a generalisation, since different strokes have
>> different
>>         endings
>>         I'd also like to borrow some of the truetype ones for designer,
>> copyright, etc, etc.
>>         I have a slightly more detailed proposal in an ODT document.
>>         Now for my questions:
>> 1.      Is this something that is appropriate for fontconfig?
>> 2.      Should I send my ODT document or something?
>>         That's enough from me this time around, I think.  Let me know if
>> there are any questions.
>>         :)
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