Archive:PackagingDrafts/ReviewGuideline for fonts (2009-01-22)

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A page of the Fonts Special Interest Group

Since fonts have specific packaging and legal requirements, but are often hidden deep into other stuff, make sure the packager checked for their existence (to avoid needing a new painful audit in a few releases).

The change

Add the following line to Packaging/ReviewGuidelines:

Discussion

  • we already have specific rules for -static and -headers
  • fonts are easier to miss than headers, even experienced packagers have forgotten to look for them in the past
  • fonts are quite common as the current distro audit shows
  • fonts are non-trivial to package properly, we had to write specific macros because many packagers were messing up scriptlets
  • the font autoinstall F11 feature assumes fonts are packaged according to guidelines and will produce unexpected results if they're not
  • a broken font deployment can break all GUI apps
  • fonts have been pirated before mp3 was defined and fonts which origin has not been checked by the packager are a legal risk


Notes:

  1. .otf, .ttf, .ttc, .pfa, .pfb, .pfc files.


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