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From Pedro Giffuni <...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Next step: fonts
Date Fri, 20 Jan 2012 01:14:25 GMT
Hello;

--- Gio 19/1/12, RGB ES  ha scritto:

> 2012/1/19 Pedro Giffuni
> 
> > Hello Ricardo;
> >
> > --- Gio 19/1/12, RGB ES ha scritto:
> >
> > > 2012/1/19 Pedro Giffuni
> > >
> > > >
> > > > FWIW, I am considering bringing the Linux
> Libertine
> > > > fonts too: they are under dual OFL/GPL .
> > > >
> > > > http://www.linuxlibertine.org/
> > > >
> > ...
> > > What about the Graphite version?
> > > http://numbertext.org/linux/
> > > AOO cannot use opentype features, but have full
> support for
> > > Graphite technology.
> > > Linux Libertine G (and Biolinum G) includes lots
> of
> > > Graphite substitution
> > > tables like automated ligature substitution,
> kerning,
> > > italic correction,
> > > real small caps... the list of smart font features
> is just
> > > impressive (just
> > > look at the Documentation.pdf on the site) so the
> "G"
> > > version is far more
> > > useful on Writer than the opentype one.
> > >
> >
> > Graphite is optional (Category-B). There's also the
> issue
> > that this may seem to require Graphite2, and I have no
> > idea if SIL will be contributing support for that.
> >
> >
> Graphite 2 have some regressions on LibO so I do not think
> it is a good
> idea right now:
> 
> https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=36703
> 
> In fact, Linux Libertine G works far better with the
> original graphite
> engine on OOo 3.3 (and, BTW, on the AOO builds) than on LibO
> 3.4.x.
> 
> It is important to note that availability of Graphite font
> features is not
> only about "nice to have ligatures": many languages, even
> some European
> ones, depends on automated substitutions because of grammar
> impositions so
> an AOO without Graphite support would be a no-go for many
> people.
> 

OK. I think the binary packages will bring graphite support
but in any case I don't think we want to force people to use
optional features so the question is whether these fonts will
work without graphite.

If they work acceptably and there is consensus I can bring
them in pretty easily but otherwise I think we already
reached the objective of providing the same functionality
without strong copyleft fonts, and that's sufficient
for 3.4.

Pedro.

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