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Re: [Pkg-fonts-devel] First item to the packaging policy: how to names packages?

On Friday 17 March 2006 01:20, Christian Perrier wrote:
> Here the translator mentions me that the team is working on GPL
> fonts, one of which already existing and named Jomolhari
> (http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=115503).
> I'm of course ready to package it but the first problem arises: how
> to name the package ?
> ttf-dzongkha: would mean there will be only one package for dz fonts
>               (which is pretty probable)
> ttf-dzongkha-fonts
> ttf-jomolhari
> ttf-dzongkha-jomolhari
> something else?
> I'm tempted to use ttf-dzongkha right now, but having input would be
> nice...and this would actually help in writing out a first entry to
> our proposed policy.

Well, I would say the questions are:
* how long do we want the package names can be
* how descriptive do they need to be

I think ttf-dzongkha-jomolhari would make more sense, in case other 
fonts for dzongkha follow.

Then again, the currently available font packages are not very 
descriptive either. One has either to skim through the whole list to 
find a font which is usable for the language the user wants to display 
based on the long description, or has to use debtags, hoping that all 
font package maintainers have tagged their packages accordingly, or has 
to use apt-cache to search.

So, another question arises: do we want to change the existing font 
packages, too, or leave them like they are and make the policy only for 
new packages?

Another possibility would be: leave the existing ones like they are nad 
make metapackages named after scripts, which contain a list of possible 
candidates which cover the script.
Example: ttf-chinese would contain all the ttf-arphic-* packages,
ttf-korean would contain the unfonts and baekmuk packages, etc...

More input on this?

For reference:
Here is a list off all current available ttf font packages in debian:

ttf-arphic-bkai00mp - "AR PL KaitiM Big5" Chinese TrueType font by 
Arphic Technology
ttf-arphic-bsmi00lp - "AR PL Mingti2L Big5" Chinese TrueType font by 
Arphic Technology
ttf-arphic-gbsn00lp - "AR PL SungtiL GB" Chinese TrueType font by Arphic 
ttf-arphic-gkai00mp - "AR PL KaitiM GB" Chinese TrueType font by Arphic 
ttf-arphic-newsung - "AR PL New Sung" Chinese TrueType font by FireFly
ttf-bitstream-vera - The Bitstream Vera family of free TrueType fonts
ttf-dejavu - Bitstream Vera fonts with additional characters
ttf-freefont - Freefont Serif, Sans and Mono Truetype fonts
ttf-unfonts - Un series Korean TrueType fonts
ttf-alee - A Lee's Eunjin family Hangul truetype fonts
ttf-arabeyes - Arabeyes GPL TrueType Arabic fonts
ttf-arhangai - A TrueType font with Mongolian Cyrillic letters
ttf-arphic-ukai - "AR PL ZenKai Uni" Chinese Unicode TrueType font Kaiti 
ttf-arphic-uming - "AR PL ShanHeiSun Uni" Chinese Unicode TrueType font 
Mingti style
ttf-baekmuk - Baekmuk series TrueType fonts
ttf-bengali-fonts - Free TrueType fonts for the Bengali language
ttf-bpg-georgian-fonts - BPG Georgian fonts
ttf-devanagari-fonts - Free TrueType fonts for languages using the 
Devanagari script
ttf-dustin - Various TrueType fonts from dustismo.com
ttf-f500 - Wipeout 3 Font
ttf-farsiweb - FarsiWeb free TrueType Farsi fonts
ttf-gentium - Gentium TrueType font
ttf-gujarati-fonts - Free TrueType fonts for the Gujarati language
ttf-indic-fonts - Metapackage for free Indian language fonts
ttf-isabella - The Isabella free TrueType font
ttf-kacst - KACST free TrueType Arabic fonts
ttf-kannada-fonts - Free TrueType fonts for the Kannada language
ttf-kochi-gothic - Kochi Subst Gothic Japanese TrueType font without 
ttf-kochi-mincho - Kochi Subst Mincho Japanese TrueType font without 
ttf-malayalam-fonts - Free TrueType fonts for the Malayalam language
ttf-mgopen - Magenta Open Truetype fonts
ttf-mph-2b-damase - font with ranges from the latest version of unicode
ttf-opensymbol - The OpenSymbol TrueType font
ttf-oriya-fonts - Free TrueType fonts for the Oriya language
ttf-paktype - PakType free OpenType Urdu fonts
ttf-punjabi-fonts - Free TrueType fonts for the Punjabi language
ttf-sazanami-gothic - Sazanami Gothic Japanese TrueType font
ttf-sazanami-mincho - Sazanami Mincho Japanese TrueType font
ttf-staypuft - The Stay-Puft free TrueType font
ttf-summersby - Free TrueType typeface font
ttf-tamil-fonts - Free TrueType fonts for the Tamil language
ttf-telugu-fonts - Free TrueType fonts for the Telugu language
ttf-tmuni - font for Tibetan, Dzongkha and Ladakhi (OpenType Unicode)
ttf-uralic - Truetype fonts for Cyrillic-based Uralic languages
ttf2pt1 - A TrueType to PostScript Type 1 Font Converter
ttf-kochi-gothic-naga10 - Kochi Subst Gothic Japanese TrueType font with 
naga10 (non-free)
ttf-kochi-mincho-naga10 - Kochi Subst Mincho Japanese TrueType font with 
naga10 (non-free)
ttf-larabie-deco - Decorative fonts from www.larabiefonts.com
ttf-larabie-straight - Straight fonts from www.larabiefonts.com
ttf-larabie-uncommon - Special decorative fonts from 
ttf-mikachan - handwritten Japanese Truetype font
ttf-xfree86-nonfree - non-free TrueType fonts from XFree86
ttf-xfree86-nonfree-syriac - non-free syriac OpenType fonts from XFree86
itrans-fonts - fonts used in the ITRANS Indic text processing system
ttf-junicode - a Unicode font for medievalists (Latin, IPA and Runic)
ttf-khmeros - KhmerOS Unicode fonts for the Khmer language of Cambodia
ttf-thryomanes - A Unicode font covering Latin, Greek, Cyrillic and IPA
xfonts-thai-ttf - Thai TrueType fonts from NECTEC

(maybe I missed some packages, I don't know...)

Arne Götje (高盛華) <arne@linux.org.tw>
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