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How to Fix a Font

Project: Open Font Library

Translation and internationalization brings open source software to people all over the globe, but it all starts with language support. This talk will explain how to add support for a new script to an open font, from character design to debugging, and how language communities can work with open font designers in an ongoing project. Along the way, we will see how the open source font toolchain can correct other common problems, from letterspacing to accents, and learn why it does not take an expert to make a real contribution.

Nathan Willis

Nathan Willis is a reporter and editor at the Linux news site LWN.net. He is also a freelance font designer whose open source fonts have been included in the Google Web Font collection, co-founder of the Texas Linux Fest conference, and a contributor to the Open Font Library project.