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RE: Supporting an option deforming algorithm for <textPath>?

From: David Dailey <ddailey@zoominternet.net>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 08:09:25 -0400
To: "'Paul LeBeau'" <paul.lebeau@gmail.com>, "'www-svg'" <www-svg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <002901d0bd64$c3278230$49768690$@net>

From: Paul LeBeau 
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2015 6:36 AM
To: www-svg
Subject: Supporting an option deforming algorithm for <textPath>?


Hi all


A recent question on SO highlighted the fact that cursive alphabets may not be well-served by the current textPath algorithm.




Supporting cursive languages may not have been a high priority 15-20 years ago when the original spec was written, but it is probably more desirable now.


Should the idea of adding a new alternative algorithm be considered? Perhaps one that specifies glyph deformation rather than simple rotation?



Additional arguments for glyph deformation can be seen here:

http://cs.sru.edu/~ddailey/svg/GeometricAccessibility.html  Allowing glyphs in sequence to be deformed by two “quasi-parallel” path/curves would handle many of the cases in which authors currently have to resort to bitmaps to convey their textual intentions, though the Farsi case sited at stackoverflow (if I understand it) seems more like an issue of multicharacter ligatures in combination with deformations. It would be nice if SVG could start to add some features…





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