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Bug#839922: RFP: hwgen -- A Handwriting Generator For Presentation Design

Package: wnpp
Severity: wishlist

* Package name    : hwgen
  Version         : 1916
  Upstream Author : Bernhard R. Fischer <bf@abenteuerland.at>
* URL             : https://www.cypherpunk.at/download/hwgen/
* License         : GPLv3
  Programming Lang: C
  Description     : handwriting generator

hwgen is a tool which creates electronic documents with a real
handwritten-like font. Sometimes it is desirable to use a font which looks
similar to a handwritten text. Those fonts typically are called script
fonts and a quick Google search results in several million hits. Although
many of them look as designed by a calligraphist, all of those fonts work
in the same way as every other font does (such as Times, Helvetica, and
even Microsoft?s ugly Comic Sans.). Text is combined out of a set of
static glyphs, one for each character.

Hwgen uses a ?font definition database? (which is currently an array in
C), which defines the glyphs for each letter as a set of b-splines. When
rendering a specific glyph Hwgen slightly randomizes the nodes of the
splines. Thus, each glyph looks similar but not identical. These glyphs
were created manually within many hours of work, one by one. For the tool
to be more useful, a small HTML-like parser was implemented which converts
an HTML document directly into a PDF or into several JPGs.


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