I've had a lot of experience with that technique and I've seen very strange things. In FontLab itself, things were fairly stable. There's a breaking point but it's easy to figure out. The problem was the exported, unhinted TTFs. I made the font renderer on MyFonts go completely bonkers once. When components had 8 points. No problem. 10 points? Fine. 13 points? Complete mayhem. Vectors shooting out all over the place. The complexity of the component seems to matter more than the number of components. And it's not a matter of too many points overall because the decomposed fonts are quite chill. It was nutso. The Windows font preview had seemingly random parts of the glyph offset several lines below. And, the number of components wasn't that crazy...like 30ish per glyph. Decompose that stuff before you export unless you want the gates of hell to open up.
I'm just curious if these are features other people have been wishing for. Hrant, I understand (I think) you like the idea of shuffling and deleting styles in the application menu. But I wonder of this is something a lot of designers have been wishing for. A question for everyone else:
If styles appeared in your app's menu in the order specified by the type designer, would you like to:
A: change the style order in the application menu B: delete/hide styles in the application menu
Obviously, you can easily delete/hide styles from your OS font menu but what about from every application's font menu.
I just want to put them in a certain order and have my customers see them in exactly that order. If everyone thinks it's a stupid order, then I'll change the order myself and update the fonts. But the way it is now, no matter how I set up the names it's going to look fucked up in some applications. And that's for normal style names. If fonts have non-standard style names, it's like applications are picking them out of a hat.
@Hrant H. Papazian I spilled apple juice on the floor and didn't clean it up. The next day, I noticed that it had largely evaporated. After a week of walking around with sticky socks, I thought to myself "nothing ever completely goes away."
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