tasklet - sfd2ttf - eliminate dependency on FontForge (for anybody who's interested)

Molle Bestefich molle.bestefich at gmail.com
Thu Apr 13 14:04:48 CDT 2006

Brian Vincent wrote:
> > 2.) Seems like slight overkill, considering that the user can just
> > install FontForge.
> >     What is wrong with the simpler solution you mentioned:
> >
> > > * put a warning about this in configure
> This issue that we can really do decent font support with our fonts and not
> building them creates problems.  So it'd be really nice to have the fonts
> available rather than just warn someone they won't be.  Sure, installing
> fontforge isn't too hard (I did it in all of about 2 minutes last night)
> but eventually it's going to cause problems.  Maybe because it doesn't work
> on a future FreeBSD or MacOS X release, maybe because one of their
> releases is broken with regard to our sfd files and we have to work around it,
> etc, etc.  What Mike's task boils down to is making a simple font generation
> tool.  Fontforge has about 800 bizillion features and we need two: parsing
> sfd files and generating a TTF from them.

Ok, thank you for that explanation.
And I guess that the FontForge license prohibits using pieces of code
from there, right?

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