[MPEG-OTSPEC] Some research on TT instructions and cubics

Liam R. E. Quin liam at fromoldbooks.org
Sat Sep 23 21:47:44 CEST 2023

On Sat, 2023-09-23 at 18:37 +0100, Jonathan Kew wrote:
> IMO: I think the spec should *either* state that if the glyph data 
> violates these "must" requirements, nothing will be rendered for that
> glyph; *or else* it should clearly specify how "anomalous" cases --
> such as the CUBIC flag being set on a single off-curve point -- are
> to be processed, so that implementations produce a consistent result.

I’m fine with adding more text, and with seeing the spec tightened up;
that's why it's a draft, of course.

> One possible way forward, for example, would be to specify that for
> any contour where the CUBIC flag is used in violation of the rules
> given, all CUBIC flags must be ignored and the contour processed
> entirely according to legacy TrueType quadratic behavior.

That would be a possible implementation strategy given the current
draft, of course, and may be the best choice to make it easy to move to
using the GLYF table with existing font data.


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