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    What is WF, YWFT, RIP?

    Hi! What is WF, YWFT, RIP and more???

    Help! I don't understand!!!

    Thanks in advance!

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    WF means to web font, it means I YWFT You Work For Them and Rip, I means to ripped, that would in short, I hope I've resolved the questions.



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    WF -------> Depends on where you've seen
    YWFT ----> YouWorkForThem
    RIP ------> ReastInPeace

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    WF means a font that was extracted (or "ripped") from a website - a "Web Font" or WF.

    YWFT is an abbreviation of a font foundry called You Work For Them.

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    A webfont by any other name is still NOT a rose...

    A webfont rip is a generic term for downloading and converting a webfont used for internet browsers. Typically these webfonts are ".woff" conversions of the original desktop OTF or TT font. Depending on the designer/distributor/host, when these conversions are made from OTF or TTF to woff, some or all of the "open type features" (such as ligatures, fractions, stylistic sets, etc, which are visible via programs such as Indesign, Illustrator, Quark, etc) are retained. Sometimes they are removed completely, and even the font character sets are dramatically reduced (typotheque is one such foundry that severely limits their fonts for web use). And almost always (particularly on myfonts), the fonts, in their conversion process from OTF/TTF to woff, the original postscript outlines of the glyphs have been converted to truetype outlines. Sometimes this is not noticeable to the untrained eye, but often it is, and sometimes, the outlines can become distorted. These distortions are made worse when improperly converting the woff back to OTF (and hence, the truetype outlines are reconverted to postscript outlines). In a 2-day experiment, I tested 482 webfont rips shared on this forum and others... only 10 of the fonts did not have outline distortions... the other 472 were simply unusable. The only way to effectively convert woffs to otfs is via python scripting or on a mac, using terminal commands... these convert the files in a "lossless" format, like converting an audio CD to a lossless format such as FLAC rather than a reduced quality MP3. Converting via Transtype or Fontforge, etc, is pointless... produces garbage outlines). There are other alterations that also occur in the conversion process, such as vertical metrics and kerning is most often "hard programmed" into the woff file (you can test this on many of the woffs... after you have converted the woff to OTF/TTF, in Fontlab, remove the kerning OT feature, and compile to OTF... the kerning is still there... but this kerning is often NOT the desktop version of the kerning, but rather is a "screen hinted" version of kerning...

    So... a webfont sometimes can be almost identical to the desktop version, but often has subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) flaws. FontLab is your friend. Check particularly the "S", "M", "D" characters... and forget these "one-step" methods for ripping... to get a good quality rip, you have to take the time and love the font.

    In short, webfont rips are a good way to experiment, but if you are a serious graphic designer or desktop publishing person, buy the original...

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    Can you teach us how to convert with python script? Thank you for your detailed reply!

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