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Volto

MS VOLT .vtp to AFDKO .fea OpenType Layout converter.

Installation

Volto requires Python 3 and FontTools, to install directly from GitHub repository:

pip3 install --user -U https://github.com/TiroTypeworks/Volto/archive/master.zip

Usage

To convert a VTP project file:

volto input.vtp output.fea

It is also possible convert font files with TSIV table (as saved from Volt), in this case the glyph names used in the Volt project will be mapped to the actual glyph names in the font files when written to the feature file:

volto input.ttf output.fea

The --quiet option can be used to suppress warnings.

The --traceback can be used to get Python traceback in case of exceptions, instead of suppressing the traceback.

Limitations

  • Not all VOLT features are supported, the script will error if it it encounters something it does not understand. Please report an issue if this happens.
  • AFDKO feature file syntax for mark positioning is awkward and does not allow setting the mark coverage. It also defines mark anchors globally, as a result some mark positioning lookups might cover many marks than what was in the VOLT file. This should not be an issue in practice, but if it is then the only way is to modify the VOLT file or the generated feature file manually to use unique mark anchors for each lookup.
  • VOLT allows subtable breaks in any lookup type, but AFDKO feature file implementations vary in their support; currently AFDKO’s makeOTF supports subtable breaks in pair positioning lookups only, while FontTools’ feaLib support it for most substitution lookups and only some positioning lookups.
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