[reportlab-users] Font size, baseline and typography stuff
gherman at darwin.in-berlin.de
Fri Aug 5 09:39:00 EDT 2011
"Andy Robinson" <andy at reportlab.com>:
> I recall that somewhere in the PDF spec, it says that the font metrics
> are figures provided by the designer of the font and may or may not
> coincide with the extreme points actually stroked when drawing the
> character. In fact the font designer might actually want a little
> more or less space around specific glyphs and can achieve this by
> manipulating the metrics.
> (As a corollary, all complaints about any particular font need to be
> directed to the author of the font in question ;-) )
> Robin's technique of actually converting the text to a series of
> curves and asking for the boundaries is about as good as we will ever
> be able to get in ReportLab-land, and hopefully it is feasible for
> titles and 'word art'. It's certainly better than trusting the metrics
> supplied with the font.
I never espected ReportLab to even think of outperforming
Adobe and friends. ;-) But I'll try to get in touch with
a font guru like Just van Rossum to have a definite answer.
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