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Re: Font download in SVGPrint document...

From: Roland Mainz <roland.mainz@informatik.med.uni-giessen.de>
Date: Fri, 02 Jan 2004 09:55:27 +0100
Message-ID: <3FF531FF.38E7BBC8@informatik.med.uni-giessen.de>
To: Alex Danilo <alex@research.canon.com.au>
Cc: public-svg-print@w3.org

Alex Danilo wrote:
> >I wasn't aware that there is a spec for font outlines described via SVG.
> >Sounds nice - but it seems to have to write another converter
> >(TTF/OTF/PS Type1/BDF/PCF) --> SVG-Font... ;-(
> >
> >Two questions:
> >- Is there already such a converter available somewhere ?
> 
> I believe there is a converter for TrueType somewhere, I can't remember
> where though.

Please drop me an email if you find a Freetype2-based one... :)

> >- IS there any utility which supports SVG fonts (to test the output of
> >my converter code) ?
> 
> The Adobe & Corel SVG plugins & Batik's Squiggle viewer will support
> display of SVG fonts.

Mhhh, is any one of these canidates supported on Linux/x86 and/or
Solaris/SPARC ?

> >It seems that the "SVG fonts" option is the way which should be used for
> >SVGPrint, otherwise the neccesary support code within devices such as
> >printers would become much larger just to support another bunch of font
> >formats (and the SVGPrint spec would need to specify a standard for
> >downloading such "alien" (e.g. non-XML syntax based) font formats).
> 
> Yes, also SVG fonts allow for exactly reproducable results on all
> implementations and have good support for Unicode as well.

... but it seems there is currently no support for hinting (OKOK, it's
debateable whether hinting makes sense at 600DPI :) and some neat stuff
from OpenType isn't available either.

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Bye,
Roland

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