Fluid font project proposal

Tony Atkins tony at raisingthefloor.org
Mon Nov 17 14:08:35 EST 2014


Hi, Jonathan:

Love the idea.  I have been using the C4A icon font plus a few extras in
the Preference Terms Dictionary.  Have you given any thought to ligature
support?

Cheers,


Tony

On Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 4:10 PM, Jonathan Hung <jhung at ocadu.ca> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> In the Fluid project, we have been using font icons widely in our UI's
> over the past year. Currently, when a project needs icons we:
>
>    - duplicate a font from another project;
>    - create a new font from scratch;
>    - or mix-and-match existing glyphs with new glyphs by either importing
>    multiple fonts in the markup, or by creating another font set that contains
>    all the glyphs.
>
> The unintended consequence is that this creates a maintenance issue when
> designing, deploying, and using icon fonts.
>
> Dana, Justin and I discussed this and would like to put forth the
> following proposal for discussion:
>
>    1. Create a new repository on github which stores SVG files used to
>    generate fonts.
>    2. Use a grunt plugin (like grunt-webfont
>    <https://www.npmjs.org/package/grunt-webfont>) that generates fonts
>    from SVGs
>
> Using github helps solve the maintenance issue, and the grunt plugin helps
> with the deployment of fonts.
>
> This system should also be able to handle generation of multiple icon sets
> from a configuration file, and allow users to specify their own Unicode
> PUAs (the unique IDs used in CSS to reference a specific glyph) so that
> icons have predictable and stable implementation in deployment. We will
> need to investigate these requirements more closely.
>
> I have filed this issue / proposal under
> http://issues.fluidproject.org/browse/FLUID-5555
>
> If a reasonable solution can be found, a similar approach could be
> implemented in other projects.
>
> We welcome your comments.
>
> - Jon.
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