could you provide a link to the "Google Summer of Code Project"? how does it relate to ASF and FOP activities?
On Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 3:50 AM, mehdi houshmand <med1...@gmail.com> wrote: > Hi, > > We're thinking of submitting a proposal or two to the Google Summer of > Code project and wanted to get some input from the community on ideas. > Once we've got a few proposals I'll create a wiki page and put all the > ideas on there, but for now I just wanted to gauge interest. > > In terms of mentoring, I'm happy to be a mentor and I've registered as > one and if any other committers fancy the job, do register, the more > the merrier. The deadline is 9th March, so that doesn't give us long > to bounce around ideas, but here are a few I was thinking: > > - There have been recent discussions between Jeremias, myself and > others about extracting the Fonts packages into their own library. I > think this would be a great idea for a project because essentially it > only involves a few, well defined specifications (TTF, Type1 etc) and > doesn't expose the person to too much complexity. The way I'd suggest > this to be done, is by re-writing rather than porting, that way it > gives the person much more flexibility and also the current code would > give them good tips and tricks on how to deal with parsing fonts. > > - TTF in AFP. I know we still have the TrueTypeInPostScript branch > flying around, and however much I'd like to fob that onto someone > else, I don't think it's fair to do so. I have no idea how long this > project would take, but I think FOP could really benefit from it. > Currently we're forcing users to use AFP fonts for AFP documents, a > lot of which are archaic and use EBCDIC, for those of you who haven't > been exposed to EBCDIC, count yourself lucky. > > There may be something to do with PCL?? I'm not at all familiar with > the format, but I do remember discussions about upgrading to a newer > PCL standard? I'd be happy to acquaint myself with the format if > there's interest in the idea. > > Hopefully we can get a proposal together in time. > > Mehdi >