Bug TTX/fonttools: glyph position shifted

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Apr 15, 2021, 5:55:10 AM4/15/21
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After editing my ttf with TTX I found that the resulting ttf was faulty:
  • Glyphs without nodes on the outer extreme (so it appeared) were shifted to the right
  • Metrics stayed intact
The attached screenshot shows this shift in the glyphs “u” and “U”.
  • Black letters: original ttf
  • Pink letters: ttf generated from TTX (with edited nameIDs)


Screenshot 2021-04-15 at 11.37.47.png

Cosimo Lupo

Apr 15, 2021, 6:18:10 AM4/15/21
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You say your font contains glyphs without nodes at the outer extreme. 
Can you try to compile your edited ttx file using the -b option and see if that makes any difference?

From ttx --help:
> -b     Don't recalc glyph bounding boxes: use the values in the TTX file as-is.

How was the original TTF built? Did you build with fontmake? Or did you export the source from a font editor? If so which one?

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Apr 15, 2021, 6:59:07 AM4/15/21
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Hi Cosimo,

The -b does work, thanks.

Font was generated with with RoboFont 3.5

I was not aware that I have to set a an option for TTX to not do this. From my perspective that seems counter intuitive for there a so many cases where this can go wrong. Using TTX with any font with rounded corners for example would cause many unwanted shifts of glyphs unless -b is set. I do remember discussions about how to calculate the bounding box but I was not aware that it would be desirable to automatically change anything in a font that works, that could potentially cause such flawed results. What is the advantage?


Paul van der Laan

Apr 15, 2021, 7:14:11 AM4/15/21
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Another strategy:

Whenever I need to edit particular data with TTX I always dump the table in question only:
$ ttx -t name myfont.ttf

After editing I can merge that table back into the font using:
$ ttx -m myfont.ttf nametable.ttx

That way only the table in question will be (de)compiled and nothing else.


Cosimo Lupo

Apr 15, 2021, 7:30:13 AM4/15/21
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Could you file an issue over at http://github.com/fonttools/fonttools with a minimal test font that reproduces this?
thank you

Cosimo Lupo

Apr 15, 2021, 7:32:20 AM4/15/21
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It might be that the way Robofont and FontTools calculate the glyf bounding boxes is different in the case of glyphs without nodes at extrema, but this is just a guess

Martin Wenzel

Apr 15, 2021, 10:46:06 AM4/15/21
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Cosimo, Paul,

Thanks for your feedback, much appreciated.


Martin Wenzel +49 1520 3545 006
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