[RFA] Your fonts-hebrew-fancy package did not pass QA

repo-font-audit nim at fedoraproject.org
Mon Nov 23 06:20:56 UTC 2009

Dear packager,

At 20091122T202901Z, your “fonts-hebrew-fancy” package failed one or more of the tests
I was performing on the “fedora-devel” repository located at:

There are three different reasons that may cause this message:
1. your package is including one or more font files, but not packaging
   them properly;
2. your package is including one or more font files, and I've found
   issues in some of them;
3. your package is not shipping any font file, but the way it accesses
   fonts in other packages is not satisfying.

To stop receiving this message, you need to:
1. drop the font files or fix their packaging;
2. relay the fonts issues to the fonts upstream to get them revised;
3. work with the code upstream to improve the way it accesses font
   files (usually by making it use fontconfig through a higher-level
   text library such as pango, pango-cairo, harfbuzz, or QT)

You can self-check your packages at any time by:
1. installing createrepo and fontpackages-tools:
# yum install createrepo fontpackages-tools
2. putting your packages and any font package they depends on in a
   test directory
3. indexing this directory with createrepo:
$ createrepo path-to-test-directory
4. running repo-font-audit:
$ repo-font-audit test file://absolute-path-to-test-directory

A summary of the issues I detected is appended here. For your
convenience a more comprehensive analysis is also attached to this

Errors, warnings and suggestions:

P#     t2  t3  t12  t13  t17
1      9   9   9    2    2
Total  9   9   9    2    2

P#  Maintainer  SRPM                RPM                 EVR                  Arch
1   danken      fonts-hebrew-fancy  fonts-hebrew-fancy  0:0.20051122-5.fc11  noarch

Test explanation:

t2. Error: fonts in packages that do not declare font metadata

  ☛ Packager task
  Font-specific rpm metadata is required for automatic font installation to
  work. If you apply our font packaging templates, it will be generated at
  package creation time.
t3. Error: packages that mix different font families

  ☛ Packager task
  Reliable font auto-installation requires shipping only one font family per
  font package.
  (If you've remapped some font names at the fontconfig level your package
  may appear here pending some fontconfig fixes upstream is aware of).
t12. Warning: fonts in packages that do not respect font naming conventions

  ☛ Packager task
  Please respect font package naming conventions and provide consistent
  packages to users. Some scripts may depend on strict package naming.
t13. Warning: bad font naming

  ☛ Font upstream task, with packager workarounds
  The font naming declared by one or more files in the package is not a
  canonical WWS¹ naming or has some other naming problem. As noted by Adobe²
  the W3C CSS font family model used in WPF/WWS is less than ideal, but it is
  a standard and applications expect it.
  This script attempted to apply some heuristics to fix this naming, and
  computed different values than those in the font files.
  That means some of those files are using non-standard, fuzzy,
  self-conflicting, confusing names. A correct naming:
  1. only includes “Width”, “Weight”, “Slant” qualifiers in its style name;
  2. does not declare more than one of each;
  3. declares them using the canonical keywords defined in the WWS paper;
  4. declares them in “Width”, “Weight”, “Slant” order;
  3. uses spaces to separate them;
  4. does not use “Width”, “Weight”, “Slant” qualifiers in its family name;
  5. does not use symbols such as & that cause problems in SGML/XML/HTML
  The canonical naming computed by this script was printed at test time.
  Please note that it is only correct in a formal sense: no attempt was made
  to check that the computed naming corresponds to actual font
  characteristics. It still needs human review (when the computed naming is
  way off however that usually indicates the original naming is particularly
  bad and confusing).
  Because the aim of this test is to help improve overall font naming it will
  not accept some user-unfriendly naming exceptions Microsoft handles in its
  WPF heuristic. Also, the naming parsing used in this test is more aggressive
  than the one Microsoft uses, so it will manage to “fix” some names WPF can
  not, at the expense of a few false positives³.
  The average application is not as smart as this script and will not attempt
  to “fix” font naming in any way. Therefore, even if this script computed a
  correct naming, you should not rely on applications doing the same. Please
  ask the font usptream to fix the naming directly in the font file(s).
  Packager workaround: patch the file (if it is available in .sfd format),
  or add a fontconfig rule to your package to hide the problem⁴.
  ¹ http://blogs.msdn.com/text/attachment/2249036.ashx
  ² http://blogs.adobe.com/typblography/atypi2006/CSS%20&%20OT%2015.pdf
  ³ For example the family name may include some words that look like a
  “Width”, “Weight”, “Slant” attribute, but that are used in a different
  sense. This script is not a natural language parser and can not detect
  those cases reliably
  ⁴ cf the “fontpackages” remapping template; unfortunately this workaround
  won't fix problems for non-fontconfig applications, or when
  interoperating with other systems.
t17. Warning: fonts that do not pass fontlint sanity checks

  ☛ Font upstream task
  Fontforge's fontlint¹ test suite found problems in some files included in
  the package. Those problems may not be obvious and only manifest as
  strange behaviour in specific applications (making them hard to debug).
  For that reason it is recommanded to report those problems upstream and
  get them fixed, even if the font file seems to work fine most of the time.
  You can ask help about specific fontlint errors on:
  Please relay the problem report to the font upstream.
  ¹ http://fontforge.sourceforge.net/fontlint.html

Please take the appropriate measures to fix the “fonts-hebrew-fancy” package.
I will warn you again if it is still necessary next time I am ran.

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Your friendly QA robot,

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