[mpeg-OTspec] Proposed changes to the OFF specification

John Hudson john at tiro.ca
Mon Jul 18 19:33:15 CEST 2011

> Proposal: in OS/2 table - modify the description of the Panose field 
> (http://www.microsoft.com/typography/otspec/os2.htm#pan) by removing the 
> names of the fields and making the explicit reference to the Panose 
> spec. The reason for this change (as was stated in the liaison letter) 
> is that current filed names are defined by one particular section of the 
> Panose spec, and only relevant if that particular section is used to 
> determine Panose values. Other sections use slightly different set of 
> Panose values, and additional specification is required to classify 
> non-Latin character sets.

I support this change. I recently had to investigate a support call 
regarding Panose settings in a display font, and realised that the 
client had been looking at the OT OS/2 table spec rather than the Panose 
spec, so was unaware of the settings that are appropriate to display 
types. I think it makes more sense to reference the Panose spec.

But who owns the Panose spec now? Is it still Hewlett Packard, or has it 
been placed under a standards body? And where is the official reference?



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