[Top][All Lists]

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

[ft-devel] Another round of (additional) analysis on libre fonts.

From: Hin-Tak Leung
Subject: [ft-devel] Another round of (additional) analysis on libre fonts.
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2016 06:44:09 +0000 (UTC)


Since FontVal 2.0 was released and I uploaded the subset of 2000 libre font 
reports on
hinting [1] & the glyf tables [2], I hope some people have been busy fixing 
them. If not, "soon" would be good.

FontVal 2.0 doesn't differ much from FontVal 1.0 except much faster, on libre 
fonts. There are some differences on
proprietary fonts. Most of the post-2.0 activities were in adding detection of 
use and mis-use of
undocumented behaviors, quirks of specific font engines (yes, a "BUG-FOR-BUG 
Those don't really benefit libre fonts, libre font editors, or libre font 
engines. Here are two additions which do:

- Apple's version of truetype spec has a little extra sentence saying " Setting 
the loop variable to zero is an error".
So this check is added. A surprising large number of libre fonts do that.
("fedora-2.0-vs-2.1pre-b64+5.4.diff.summary.txt" / details in 
"fedora-2.0-vs-2.1pre-b64+5.4.diff.txt"  [3])

- E6019 - "Funit coordinate must be -16384 .. 16383". A surpising number of 
libre fonts also
does 32767 or 65535 :-). I also found that FontVal 1.0 implemented that check 
wrongly - it was checking
the input as F26.6 and checking for [-1048576, 1048512] instead.
The font list is in "fedora-2.0-vs-2.1pre-b66-E6019.summary.txt", details in 

- there was a small anomaly with mona-vlgothic/mona-VLGothic.ttf - it was a 
Pass with
FontVal 1.0 but Application Error with FontVal 2.0. Turned out the font is 
inconsistent on how many
glyphs it has! So neither was correct, and it is now - "W6024   | Invalid 
Argument" with glyph ids,
when trying to access the invalid glyphs.  Somebody please fix the the 

- Ray Larabie explained that the version of Larabie fonts carried on libre 
platforms is vastly out-of-date, due to not
being able to agree on the license of later versions. Somebody please fix the 
old version, or try to
agree on something new. :-).

The success or not of FontVal, as a libre project, depends on font problems 
found being addressed.
I am not looking at making another release any time soon because the post-2.0 
don't really benefit libre fonts/editors/engines.
(The bare "basic" test run on 6000 fonts takes about 9 hours... I just got hold 
of another 33000 font reports...).
Please feel free to donate nonetheless ( ).



[3] all the summary files referred are in:

reply via email to

[Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread]