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[ft-devel] Re: Truetype Collection fonts

From: Deron Kazmaier
Subject: [ft-devel] Re: Truetype Collection fonts
Date: Sat, 05 Jan 2008 15:47:28 -0700
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Werner LEMBERG wrote:
[Please stay on the list.]

Sorry. Seems the default for this list is to reply to the author and not the list.
The issue has been resolved on my end, but for your own information
ftmac.c (amongst other things) will load various resource based font
data and massage the data into a linear representation that
resembles the on-disk format of a Windows TrueType/Type1 font.  That
is (one) of the "conversions" that goes on and is useful for not
only rendering but outputting to PostScript/PDF files.

The same we do for reading Type 42 fonts which are converted to a TTF
internally more or less.  So you are talking not about font conversion
between different formats but conversion between different wrapper
formats (as described in FreeType's `formats.txt' file) -- is this

I still think that the result of a wrapper conversion is internal to
FreeType and can't be exposed to the public so that it is useful for
other applications.  However, I don't mind to provide hooks to that
data if it can be done in a sensible way -- can provide patches for


Yes, conversion between wrappers. It would be a pretty simple set of changes to ftmac.c at least. I'm still working on a few other font related problems and when I get done I'll see what could be done that would be beneficial external to freetype not just "bloat". With the changes that (mpsuzuki?) is making to generate a mac api less ftmac.c perhaps that would make for a good time to implement? I would be happy to commit something back if someone else would find it useful.

I have not looked into fonts from zip files.

Anyway, thanks for your help.


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