Questions about font packaging, hinting and non-responsive maintainer process

Kevin Kofler kevin.kofler at
Fri Mar 6 03:04:34 UTC 2015

Alexander Ploumistos wrote:
> 1. He uses a program called Fontographer by Fontlab [1] which
> apparently includes a couple of algorithms for autohinting. He said
> that it would be a huge task to do the hinting manually for such a
> large number of glyphs, so it's all done by the software.

Ewww, a proprietary autohinter. I think we are much better off shipping the 
unhinted version then, letting the Freetype autohinter do its job. Shipping 
the output of proprietary tools is frowned upon, because it means you cannot 
exercise your right to modify the font without the proprietary tool at hand.

        Kevin Kofler

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