I'm a Python developer dabbling in font creation for the first time as a side hobby using FontForge 2017-07-31 over XQuartz 2.7.11 on MacOS 10.12.6

My goal is to create a series of novelty fonts for personal use. I can do the tasks manually via the UI, but I need to automate these tasks via scripting and am not sure whether the menu item in question ("Insert Text Outline...") has a corresponding API call.

I'm open to using tools other than FontForge if necessary, though free is certainly preferable.

What's the best community for such a query? The closest match I posted under was TEX, but doesn't feel quite right so wondering if there's a better...?

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Font design questions are on topic on Graphic Design.

Have a look through the font-forge and font-design tags, which may be of help to you. Automation and scripting questions are on-topic (we don't have many FontForge scripting questions but do have, for example, a lot of Adobe Illustrator scripting questions so I see no problem with the former).

I'm not entirely sure about TEX's scope, but I'd assume the question would be off-topic there as it has nothing to do with LaTeX.

  • thanks - sounds good! should I delete the original question under TEX or self-answer?
    – 333kenshin
    Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 0:29
  • I would probably delete it on TEX (assuming it's off-topic there, but I'm not 100% certain on that)
    – Cai
    Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 0:33

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