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Stroke Fonts Community Group Launched

From: <public-council@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 05 Jun 2015 21:52:02 +0000
To: "Colm O'Neill" <mail@colm.be>,"Pierre Huyghebaert" <crickxson@gmail.com>,"Gijs de Heij" <gijs@de-heij.com>,"Ludivine Loiseau" <hello@ludi.be>,"Chris Lilley" <chris@w3.org>,Cc: public-council@w3.org
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With your support, the Stroke Fonts Community Group has been launched:
  http://www.w3.org/community/stroke-fonts/

This group was originally proposed on 2015-06-05
by Colm O'Neill. The following people supported its
creation: 
      Colm O'Neill
      Pierre Huyghebaert
      Gijs de Heij
      Ludivine Loiseau
      Chris Lilley
  
To join the group, please use:
 http://www.w3.org/community/stroke-fonts/join

Please note that supporting a group is different from joining
a group. Supporters must also enroll if they wish to participate.

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 An attempt to find ways of using stroke fonts in design workflows 


A stroked font is based on the idea of describing a collection of glyphs
by their center line or the movement of a pen rather than their
outlines. The center line, or skeleton, would then be styled either from
inside the font, either from any software that acts downstream on the
text, according to parameters that are yet to be defined. But might be
based on the concept of an object following a path.


This could be a very different approach than those embedded in the font
formats currently in wide use. There will be a lot of issues to address
for this to move forward. Drawing letters from their skeleton allow
users for other styling options, but also allows the computer for a
larger understanding of a glyphs shape as a whole or it's important
features, regions, parts. Based on this understanding it woud be easier
to algorithmically alter these glyphs' shapes -- while composing texts
for example.


It would enlarge the scope of what this group aims to do. Going towards
a parametric approach of designing fonts, and considering the resulting
transformation of the composition process. From fonts to lettering, from
typography to writing.


We aim to discover, adapt or develop a way to make these fonts usable
and stylable in a variety of scenarios, such as web pages, canvas based
design tools, as well as pen plotters, CNC, PCP and cartography design
environments.
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Thank you,

W3C Community Development Team
Received on Friday, 5 June 2015 21:52:13 UTC

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