Fonts (was Re: [etoys-dev] Wording in Clouds)

Bert Freudenberg bert at
Thu Jul 30 06:04:16 EDT 2009

On 30.07.2009, at 09:35, Andreas Raab wrote:

> Okay, here is a first draft (is there an Etoys repository to commit  
> to?).

We're still defining our processes. For now, upload a changeset to

and put it into "code to test for publication". Once it gets a  
positive peer review, one of the committers puts it into the update  
stream. Current committers are the members of the "software team", see

> Not bad for an evening's work if I may say so myself ;-)

Will try later, but sounds good :)

- Bert -

> TTFileDescription does the same thing that TTFontDescription does  
> but operates directly on the files. Download Dejavu and then (for  
> example) execute:
>  TTFileDescription installTextStyleFrom: 'DejaVuSans.ttf'.
> or if you like Arial better:
>  TTFileDescription installTextStyleFrom: 'C:\Windows\Fonts\arial.ttf'.
> Then choose the font from the font menu (Alt-k). I have been able to  
> use Latin, Cyrillic and Greek text together just fine, see  
> screenshot. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to make CJK scripts  
> work; I'm not sure if these aren't included in the normal fonts I'm  
> using or if something's broke. Yoshiki, can you check this?
> To my big surprise TTFileDescription is even relatively fast - it  
> renders a glyph in roughly a millisecond which makes it a perfectly  
> reasonable choice to use instead of TTFontDescription. Remaining  
> issues are the lack of housekeeping (if you move the image or the  
> font, you are hosed), the issue that DisplayScanner still tries to  
> render white spaces (tab, cr, etc all show up as boxes) and more  
> testing.
> If you have some "interesting" TTFs, please try them out. I'm  
> interesting in finding fonts that don't work and debug them.
> Cheers,
>  - Andreas
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