It's great that we're seeing support in font editors already, which is imperative for getting variable fonts out there, but it is indeed a huge task to make this happen down at the user level. Take an application like InDesign: you will need to implement it in the UI, have a renderer which supports it for display, have something which vectorizes it to PCL or PS for print, and you will also have to update the file format to store user choices about font variations. And a similar story for every single document-based file format; for instance, we're going to need a new PDF specification to handle this. (Not a hard job thinking about how PDF works, but new specifications, and then their implementation in readers, take time.)Richard Fink said:I don't think it's cynical, however, given the magnitude of the task, to assume it will take a long time to materialize.
Can't see it any other way.