[Spam] [reportlab-users] RE: Visual editor: what are the objectives?

Robin Becker robin at reportlab.com
Tue Dec 6 03:19:31 EST 2005

Rajeev Joseph Sebastian wrote:
>>You mention Unicode.  We have a UTF8 branch which is nearly working -
>>the only remaining major issue was the Asian font pack support which
>>I have not finished, but it's pretty solid.  
> Yes, Robin Becker once told me about the utf-8 branch. However, a quick once 
> over of the code did not reveal any OTF specific features  As you may know, a 
> proper Unicode text implementation is much more than simply using UTF-8 
> encoding format. It causes much changes to the text rendering system as well 
> (it depends on your perspective whether these changes are useful to your 
> business or not). Though it is not an enormous task given the excellent 
> organization of what has already been written, it is still quite a difficult 
> one.
There are no otf specific features, but there are .ttf specific 
features. I have used .otf fonts with ttfonts.py and they have worked 
well. The .ttf implementation was contributed so actual compliance with 
otf will need some work. On the other hand many of the so called ttf 
fonts on my pc fail miserably with our code as they lack some expected 
information which we attempt to read.
Robin Becker

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