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Re: [Devel] Advice on Font Subsetting

From: Leonard Rosenthol
Subject: Re: [Devel] Advice on Font Subsetting
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2004 16:58:58 -0500

At 07:50 AM 3/25/2004, Werner LEMBERG wrote:
I still think that FreeType, especially the PS parser, is not the
appropriate tool for your project.  It simply ignores too much of the
data in a font.  Your parser should act as careful as possible to
avoid font problems.

Agreed - which is what I found out when trying to use FT for the same purpose...

To speak frankly, no.  It doesn't fit into FreeType's scope, being a
rasterizer for various font formats.

On the other hand, it would be great to have a library which accepts
fonts in various formats and a list of glyph indices, and which
outputs a subsetted font covering exactly the glyphs in the list.

It's interesting to note that T1lib actually had a call that is supposed to do exactly this (T1_SubsetFont()) - unfortunately is not all that up to date and not supported. But that too might be a starting place...


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