I accidentally sent this to Richard's address first, due to missing
reply-to headers. Would it be possible to make the list add those?
Richard Hughes wrote:
I reckon it would be really nice to use Cairo's user font API to
implement SVG fonts, so that we get good PDF output and suchlike for
free. There are just two minor problems with this plan:
1) Cairo doesn't have a user font API yet. It's due in November.
Luckily Behdad Esfahbod's pretty much finished with the API and it's
about to land. You can read his mail at
2) Inkscape doesn't use enough of Cairo yet for this to be just
simple plug-in job.
Since the API doesn't exist I have no idea what we would gain from
using Cairo rather than going it alone, however I strongly recommend
that you hook up with some of their people to talk about it. Get an
update on the status of the roadmap too while you're at it.