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From Glenn Adams <gl...@skynav.com>
Subject Re: Fonts in XG
Date Tue, 13 Nov 2012 16:55:06 GMT
I agree that the best near term solution is (2), which could the facilitate
a subsequent migration to (3).

On Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 9:03 AM, Chris Bowditch

> Hi Glenn,
> On 13/11/2012 15:29, Glenn Adams wrote:
>> On Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 3:49 AM, Chris Bowditch
>> <bowditch_chris@hotmail.com>**wrote:
>>  Does FontBox have support for the tables needed by the ComplexScripts
>>> code
>>> added to the TTFReader classes?
>>>  No. Clearly that would have to be added to fontbox to work. However, I'm
>> thinking more about a long term plan for font handling, which may (or may
>> not) make fontbox worth considering, in which case, the CS features would
>>   need to be added to it and the AWT dependencies removed or segregated.
>> If we had more than one joint committer (just JM is now), then it would be
>> possible to do this work more readily. The real question for me is whether
>> we want to (1) continue having a large and increasingly unwieldy font
>> subsystem in FOP, (2) move that into XGC (to share with Batik), or (3)
>> improve Fontbox to serve both Fop/Batik.
> I realize there is a disadvantage with maintaining multiple disparate font
> libraries. The ideal would be combine them all into 1 library and use that
> across PDFBox, FOP and Batik. We will certainly take a look at fontbox, but
> everything I'm hearing so far leads me to believe it is a massive job
> compared to option (2) above. If we look into that and are confident that
> is not the case then I agree we can try to merge the 2 libraries and use
> the result in FOP and Batik.
>> If the level of effort of (2) and (3) is similar, then I would suggest
>> taking (3). I could readily move the CS code into FB I'm certain.
> Peter is looking into the font requirements of Batik right now. After
> doing that he will take a look at FontBox and we will discuss our findings
> here.
> Thanks,
> Chris
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