I’m about to start writing my diploma thesis in media computer science.
The idea that occurred to me first was trying to improve an aspect in the process of type design, as I really like the combination of design and technology.
So I had a look at FontForge and FontLab with regard to the ease of use for designers. OpenType feature creation in those tools seems to me not to be made for people with a less technical background. Even OTMaster and VOLT which claim to do or sound like doing so didn’t meet my expectations in this respect.
That’s why I think about developing a more designer-focused tool…
My first humble ideas are:
- A tool to visually edit OpenType features with emphasis on a user-friendly interface (without unexplained cryptic abbreviations)
- Integration of the specification in a way that it doesn’t clutter the user interface but is always within reach
- I’d like to both offer visual tools as well as allowing for directly editing the code
- That would have to include live-updating and checking feature code on the fly…
- But on the other hand it could avoid/indicate errors before font is compiled
Probably, I will be focusing on AFDKO-syntax. So far I don’t have a decent knowledge of AFDKO, but I already read quite a bit about OpenType and AFDKO and I’m following the threads in this forum about OpenType development for a while (I especially enjoyed reading this one). Also, I did my own first tests with OpenType feature generation using AFDKO.
Now I’d really like to know what you think of my vague idea. Is it reasonable? Probably I missed some important aspects. Ideas and criticism are very much appreciated. Eventually, I might as well need some test persons in order to evaluate my prototype.
Thanks for reading and for your comments!
But dont’t forget: it’s only a diploma thesis…