Tagging lmodern

Justin B Rye jbr at edlug.org.uk
Sun Jul 1 17:30:24 UTC 2007

Florent Rougon wrote:
> Looking at lmodern (which I comaintain), I have one request and one
> question.
> The request is for tags related to OpenType, since lmodern is provided
> in OpenType format (as well as PostScript). Currently, for the
> PostScript part, lmodern has works-with-format::postscript, but I think
> it means that the font can be used conveniently in PostScript documents.

In this context, presumably, yes.  And I suppose x11::font indicates
that they also work with X.

> It would be nice to be able to say "this package provides PostScript
> fonts" and "this package provides OpenType fonts". The former is maybe
> (not sure!) the intent of made-of::data:postscript,

No, that's for (e.g.) -doc packages that include a documentation.ps

> which should then be
> added to lmodern, or maybe another non-existing tag such as
> made-of::data:postscript-font or something like that. As for the
> OpenType part, I see nothing appropriate in /var/lib/debtags/vocabulary,
> which is I tagged the package with made-of::TODO.

Well, there's made-of::data:font, isn't there?  lmodern already has
that tag in the Etch Packages file.

Anyway, why would users be looking for an OpenType font (as opposed
to any other sort)?  If there were specific postscript and opentype
tags, would there also be one for truetype, or what? 

> Now, for the real question. I'm wondering whether lmodern should
> be tagged with:
>   works-with::image:vector
> The fonts shipped in lmodern can be used when creating vector images,
> e.g. with skencil or MetaPost. But this is basically the case for every
> vector font. lmodern is not a program for working with vector images
> (it's not a program at all), so I'm not quite sure the tag should be
> set. I'll let it up to you vocabulary experts to settle this issue.

The GIMP can put all sorts of fonts into all sorts of images, so I
vote against giving fonts works-with tags on this basis.

Debtags has trouble handling font packages like xfonts-cyrillic,
since scripts don't really fit the culture:: facet.  So debtags may
already need some extra tags (or even a facet) here - input from 
font experts would be welcome.
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