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Re: \center-column broken

From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: Re: \center-column broken
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2021 09:44:40 +0100 (CET)

> How about hosting the fonts on www.lilypond.org and referencing them
> in the @font-face definition?

I think this is not a good idea.

* LilyPond fonts change from version to version, quite often in a
  backwards-incompatible way.  Hosting them for SVG access would
  enforce us to completely revise how fonts are named and accessed –
  and versioned.  To a certain extent this will become better if the
  transition to SMuFL is done, but it still complicates things.

* It would be necessary to serve subsetted fonts, too; otherwise, the
  internet bandwidth would be far too large.  LilyPond has zero
  support for that.

* Contrary to fonts, hinting does not make sense for most musical
  glyphs.  In other words, the benefit of accessing LilyPond graphical
  objects (grobs) as real glyphs in fonts is zero.

* Serving non-musical fonts would be definitely out of scope for

What exactly do you want to achieve?  What kind of SVGs do you need?
In previous e-mails I mentioned two solutions how SVGs could be

* using inkscape's option `-T` to convert glyphs to outlines
* conversion from PDF to SVG with inkscape

Doesn't this suffice?


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