During the keynote talk at the Microsoft Build conference, at 2:22:51 Kevin Gallo showed a slide outlining the new developer-related features of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update that will ship in the summer. One item stuck out to me as a nice surprise: “OpenType SVG color fonts”: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154033931238764
We’ve come a long way since I proposed the marriage of SVG and OpenType as a way to get multi-color and typographically sophisticated fonts. I posted this on several discussion lists back in June 2011:
My proposal was met with some reluctance on one hand, but keen interest on the other. In October 2011, Sairus Patel from Adobe presented the first draft of a specification detailing how SVG glyph descriptions could be placed inside OpenType fonts. We have formed a working group within the W3C consortium: https://www.w3.org/community/svgopentype/
and two years later, the group has presented a final specification. In March 2015, the OpenType font format specification was updated to version 1.7 and added the support for SVG glyph descriptions:
Mozilla Firefox was the first app that actually implemented OpenType SVG color fonts, and FontLab quickly followed with the free FontLab Pad app: http://www.fontlab.com/fontlab-pad/
Many thanks to all my colleagues at FontLab, Adobe, Microsoft, Mozilla, Monotype, the W3 Consortium and other groups and companies who’ve worked over the last five years to turn my simple modest idea into reality!
Ps. The Microsoft Build conference keynote can be watched at: