File Rest of Tasks up to 1.0

Registered by rejon on 2010-11-24

From: http://openfontlibrary.org/wiki/Roadmap

Just take the tasks below and file concrete plans for each release...

Milestone 2 - Release 0.2 - Monthly Releases Begin

    * Consider http://readingtype.org.uk/texts/OFL-barcampapache-20090405.html and BW's other texts on OFLB
    * Start a monthly release cycle. structure tasks to reach each monthly cycle
    * Grouping by family (normal, bold, italic, small caps variants of a the font grouped in a single location)
    * Useful indications such as whether the font contains accentuated letters, the euro symbol, ligatures, which character sets are included and so on.
          o persuade designers listed on existing fonts page to "Go OFL!" and to start submitting their fonts to the OFLB
    * typeface.js could be used as a fallback for @font-face support.
    * Mention OFLB on fd.o

Milestone 3 - Release 0.3 - Community Update
Community

A meta project for improving the project itself

    * add links to https://openhatch.org/search/?q=&toughness=bitesize for finding distro packagers
    * fix MediaWiki so that ref tags work
    * Perfect the name for this part of the project
    * Pick one of the Project Slogan Ideas
          o In, Out, Meta symbols could be used to subbrand the three areas of the project
    * compare nice mediawiki themes to ours, like http://wiki.mozilla.org/ and tango project
    * focus more attention on the site and publicise the project
    * get more people outside the community involved in the Open Font Movement
    * write a OFLB manifesto - see Libre/OpenFontManifestos page

Milestone 4 - Release 0.4 - Library Update
Library

Collecting a rich catalog of Libre/Open Fonts for distribution in GNU Linux systems

    * Desktop font association for previews
          o Identify standard font preview / installation tools for each desktop
                + Windows: Native
                + KDE: kfontview
                + Gnome: gfontview
                + General Linux desktop: ???
          o Test distros to ensure they include file associations to these tools
                + Windows: Yes (XP pro SP2)
                + Ubuntu: ???
                + Debian: ???
                + Gentoo: ???
                + Fedora Core
                + Open SuSE
          o If not, contact distro and notify them about the lack
          o Where no such tools exist, plan implementing them
                + Maybe like http://www.linotype.com/fontexplorerX ?
          o A world class designer only needs a dozen or even less really top quality fonts that are all quite distinct and cover all the major categories of type. Should the collection really focus on high typographic quality for designers? Massimo Vignelli made an infamous presentation at ATypI 2006 about this, perhaps he could be contacted to provide a summary of his views on this?

Milestone 5 - Release 0.5 - Integrate with FontForge and FontMatrix

Publicise FontMatrix as the "Open Font Library type manager - for activation and deactivation of all your fonts"

Make FontForge packages for double-click installing on Mac OS X and Windows.

Integrate the @font-face subsetting of http://fonts.philip.html5.org/

Set up donate to Libre Font Fund buttons on all pages, and then contact other font libraries carrying libre fonts and ask them to do so as well, instead of $0.

http://adbard.net/ would be good to raise funds
Milestone 6 - Release 0.6 - The Workshop Project
Workshop

Accelerating the development of new Libre/Open Fonts with documentation, desktop tools and web applications

    * Collect top freely licensed typeface design and font development documentation from across the web and link to it on Knowledge resources page
    * Put call out to existing FLOSS developers and ask them to contribute to this roadmap
    * List Free Software for font development and help document and improve them
          o FontForge
          o XGridFit

Milestone 7 - Release 0.7 - ?

    * Start a Wikibook on "basics of fontmaking" "Fontforge" "Type design" "TTF-Hinting and Kerning"
    * get good pages about all our fonts into http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Open_source_typefaces and other type wikis.
    * Go over this Old Interview with Jon Phillips for ideas

Milestone 8 - Release 0.8 - ?

    * Make an screensaver-like animation from a series of the PNGs that the font preview feature creates. Implement a feature like myfonts' "more like this" to really be like 'last.fm'
    * Make OFLB run as a "user-respecting web service" - following the Franklin Street declaration and other best practices recommended by [1]

Milestone 9 - Release 0.9 - ?

Add a feature for uploading scans of public domain type specimens and such, similar to Liam's fromoldbooks site but focused on type.
Milestone 10 - Release 1.0 - ?

Project a reliable image: Licences and changelogs attached clearly - both buried in font metadata and as separate text files in release bundles and at the top of VCS trees and visible on the family webpage, vcs trees for all families, bug tracking for each family, and version numbered releases. Make authors prominent so that clients will be willing to invest in them and hire them for custom work.

Consider guides to proprietary font business and roll out a similar business infrastructure for libre fonts
Future Items

    * Arrange donations via donations and grants.
    * Integrate http://dave.lab6.com/acid/dump/2009/fingerprint.py into typeface record pages
    * Add thumbnail view to font listings.
    * Better curate messy tag cloud. "Contest" what is that?
    * Allow public to add tags like "Slab Serif", Print, book, decorative, clean, old fashioned, distressed, including tags with spaces,
    * Please add your thoughts here!

Donation Tasks

Donations are being accumulated, and will be used to develop the project in ways that the community cannot achieve without financial aid. Here are some ideas for such developments, please add your own ideas to this list!

    * Making the site's backend ship fonts to other distributors like Debian, Fedora, and CTAN.
    * Making the site fully internationalised and translated
    * Attracting a professional typeface designer to kickstart freely available documentation on typeface design.
    * Purchasing the sourcecode to iKern and releasing it under the GPL
    * Your ideas here....

Blueprint information

Status:
Complete
Approver:
rejon
Priority:
Essential
Drafter:
rejon
Direction:
Needs approval
Assignee:
rejon
Definition:
Approved
Series goal:
None
Implementation:
Implemented
Milestone target:
milestone icon 0.1
Started by
rejon on 2011-02-14
Completed by
rejon on 2011-02-14

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