Re: [RFC] target font model on Freedesktop systems

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]


Le 2019-07-25 07:57, Lawrence D'Oliveiro a écrit :
On Thu, 25 Jul 2019 06:53:47 +0200, Nicolas Mailhot wrote:

Variable fonts are just a generalization of the process which has been
used to generate all the faces possible in WWS fonts.

It is worth distinguishing between the font design process, and the
font rendering process. You might indeed use parametric tools in the
former, but expecting end users to understand it in the latter seems to
be a non-starter. Adobe had Multiple Masters back in the 1990s.
But it appears all support for that has been removed from their apps.

I found this interview
from nearly a decade ago, that seems to sum up the situation nicely.

Whatever Adobe did, in niche expensive proprietary font formats, used by niche expensive proprietary tools, and a niche population of designers, is completely different and mostly irrelevant to the current case.

Variable fonts are part of the OpenType and CSS specs, they are supported by the bulk of deployed browsers

They’ve been added to Noto Sans, which is becoming the default fallback web font on many systems.

Everyday web text rendering is high enough today to drive the mass market by itself.

The mass market only needs a handful of major fonts using a new feature to move (as proved by Microsoft with its core fonts for the web initiative 25 years ago). That’s one lesson Adobe learnt from multimaster-style failures. Partner with Google, use Noto and other open source free of charge fonts to drive the state of the art and font user expectations, don't wait for things to happen design-side.

Since variable fonts *are* being published and deployed on fontconfig systems today it’s high time (or way late?) to decide how we want to handle them long-term.

Aside from the variability itself, the OpenType variable spec provides a good classification framework to put some order in the previous generation of font files, just like outline fonts provided a good framework to put some order into previous gen bitmap fonts (and, fontconfig original success, was to apply this order).


Nicolas Mailhot
Fontconfig mailing list

[Index of Archives]     [Fedora Fonts]     [Fedora Users]     [Fedora Cloud]     [Kernel]     [Fedora Packaging]     [Fedora Desktop]     [PAM]     [Gimp Graphics Editor]     [Yosemite News]

  Powered by Linux