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Re: Revisiting SVG Fonts

From: Robert Longson <longsonr@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2011 08:59:34 +0000
Message-ID: <CAOu7Uv6fC7454pvCUc-MMfeizpAzQjpjKFspw4gQvz=VRKt9dg@mail.gmail.com>
To: www-svg@w3.org
> On 11/3/11 3:04 PM, Charles Pritchard wrote:
> What I took away from Robert's comment was that SVG 1.2 Tiny is not
> sufficient for inclusion in Mozilla. I believe that a more complete
> implementation of the specification in SVG 1.1 may be acceptable,
> inclusive of animation and multi-colored glyphs.

No, an SVG 1.1 Full font implementation is even less likely to be
accepted into the
codebase than SVG 1.1 Tiny font support. We're not really interested
in supporting
animation or multi-coloured glyphs[1].

What we do want is something that can work with languages other
than those of Western European origin. As I understand it SVG Fonts are missing
the complex scripting support that would allow Arabic for instance to
be correctly rendered.
Extending the specification to permit this in a way that we could use
our existing
font shaping capability that's part of WOFF is what we're after, or
alternatively proving
by example that it's already possible with the existing specification.

We think the web should be for everyone, not just those who can read
and write English
so we're not going to implement something that can't be used by a
large part of the
world's population. [2-5]

Putting SVG into OpenType font tables is one solution that would allow
this as we could
take advantage of our existing complex shaping capability.

[1] https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=119490#c70
[2] https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=119490#c49
[3] https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=119490#c95
[4] https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=119490#c99
[5] https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=119490#c104

Best regards

Received on Friday, 4 November 2011 09:00:11 UTC

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