Package for fontmake
Would it make sense to create an Alpine package for fontmake?
fontmake compiles fonts from sources (.ufo,.glyphs) to binary (.otf,.ttf). It’s a relatively small wrapper around a large number of specialized font engineering libraries, mostly written in Python, sometimes in C.
Users can install fontmake themselves with pip (Python package manager), so there might not be much point in shipping fontmake as an Alpine package. On the other hand, if Alpine wants to build its system fonts in a reproducible way, it might make sense to put the font compiler into a stable Alpine package with a clearly defined version. Note that font designers are typically not familiar with engineering practices, so you’ll sometimes see free fonts get distributed just as binary artifacts (*.otf/ttf files) without their sources, or (more typically) with sources but without an automated way to build the binary font from source. Packaging the fontmake compiler as an Alpine package might help to improve this situation.
(from redmine: issue id 9398, created on 2018-09-06)