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Set if scripts to easily build webfonts from SVG images



(!) Use Ubuntu 12.04. Or you will have to manually install fresh freetype library, to build ttfautohint.

Init font-builder and build additional software (ttf2eot, ttfautohint):

make support

Install system dependencies (fontforge & python modules):

cd support/font-builder && sudo make dev-deps

If you are working on multiple font you would like to have only one instance of heavy dependencies like ttfautohint installed. Run this:

cd support/font-builder && sudo make support-install

Note that you don't need to install system dependencies more than once.


TBD. Anyone, please help.


TBD. Anyone, please help.

Making font


  1. Place images into /src/svg folder.
  2. Add image info to config.yml (see comments in it)
  3. Edit css/html templates, if needed.
  4. Run make

Generated data will be placed in ./font

You can rebuild css/html only with make html

SVG image requirements

Any image will be proportionnaly scaled, to fit height in ascent-descent It's convenient to make height = 1000px. Default font baseline will be 20% from the bottom.

In most cases it's ok to visually allign icons to middle line, not to baseline. If you are not shure, how to start - make image with 10% top/bottom padding. Then generate demo page and tune scale/offset.

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