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Paul van der Laan

Dat zijn rare foutmeldingen. Probeer inderdaad eerst de andere packages opnieuw te installeren. Als dat niet helpt kan ik je mijn kopie van RF sturen, die werkt prima onder FontLab 5.1.4 (4868) en Yosemite.


Paul van der Laan
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  • Re: Extracting FEA from a opentype font

    Why do you need to extract this data from the binaries if Adobe has made all the source files for this font available?

    Mark’s comment has nothing to do with copyright infringement. If you extract data from a generated font binary you won't always get the original source code. Some things, such as OpenType features, need to be disassembled.
  • Re: glyf (i.e. contour) analysis reports on libre fonts.

    A tool to add extreme points can be helpful but it should be optional. The OT spec does not dictate that outlines must have extreme points.

    Remove overlap is indeed helpful but should also be optional, in case you want to generate a variable font where they are needed to make interpolations possible.
  • Re: glyf (i.e. contour) analysis reports on libre fonts.

    Depends on the meaning of Fixing I guess.  There is nothing flawed in a design that doesn't have control points at extremities, and has overlapping paths.  Letting the computer do that work frees the designer from work, and gives him more freedom.
    Depend on the meaning of Freedom I guess. To me that means that my tools do not get in my way, and that I will have full control over the result.

    If you’ve ever designed an italic you might have had to draw tiny shapes that can be defined much better without extreme points. Any attempt to add those kinds of points will actually lead to a worse result.
  • Re: glyf (i.e. contour) analysis reports on libre fonts.

    @Kristof Bastiaensen: the last thing I need is a font editor that automatically "fixes" things because of some spec. A validator that creates an analysis report is of much greater value.

    Truth is that there are many different rasterizers and font shaping engines out there that do not follow the latest specs, and sometimes we have to make fonts that need to work for those environments.

    Point in case: the very latest OT spec that includes variable fonts *does* allow overlapping contours.
  • Re: Font Licensing: The Type Unite initiative

    Please realise that the foundry logos in question are copyrighted works too.

    For an initiative that aims to “do the right thing”, to place the Bold Monday logo on a webpage without our permission undermines the credibility of it all.