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Programming language: Haskell
License: BSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License
Tags: Graphics    
Latest version: v1.7

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README

SVGFonts

Native font support for the Diagrams library. The SVG-Font format is easy to parse and was therefore chosen for a font library completely written in Haskell.

You can convert your own font to SVG with http://fontforge.sourceforge.net/ or use the included LinLibertine, Bitstream.

Features

Complete implementation of the features that fontforge produces (but not the complete SVG format):

  • Kerning (e.g. the two characters in "VA" have a shorter distance than in "VV")
  • Unicode
  • Ligatures
  • Text boxes with syntax highlighting

XML speed issues can be solved by trimming the svg file to only those characters that are used (or maybe binary xml one day)

Version 1.0 of this library supports texturing which would only make sense in a Diagrams Backend that does rasterization in Haskell.

Example

import Diagrams.Prelude
import Diagrams.Backend.SVG.CmdLine
import qualified Graphics.SVGFonts as F

main = do
  font <- F.loadFont "/path/to/font.svg"
  let
    diagram :: Diagram B
    diagram =
      (F.drop_rect$ F.fit_height 22$ F.svgText def{F.textFont = font} "Hello World!")
      # stroke # fc blue # lc blue # bg lightgrey # fillRule EvenOdd # showOrigin
  mainWith diagram

Usage

Convert your favourite font (i.e. .ttf) into a .svg file with fontforge (the menu item under "Save All"). If a font converted on your own doesn't work, try the repair options, and if this still doesn't work edit the file by hand or tell me. Remember that a lot of fonts are not allowed to be distributed freely.