User interface

Here at RoboFont we are not too strict concerning user interface components. If you want to use a series of checkboxes to build an interactive piano keyboard, go for it. Just be aware that checkboxes were probably not designed with that application in mind.

Consider that the user interface components you can access from the vanilla module are distributed by Apple along with some guidelines. If you want to move away from convention, we suggest you to do it consciously.

Code

mojo vs. lib

We recommend using tools from the mojo module rather than lib

# this has been deprecated:
from lib.tools.defaults import getDefault

# use this instead:
from mojo.UI import getDefault

also:

from mojo.pens import decomposePen

There are two main reasons for following this recommendation:

  1. mojo editing functions follow the fontParts API, so they are easier to use for scripter. Differently, the tools in the lib module are more defcon-oriented, so they use another API with a different logic
  2. the lib module is not a publicly documented API, so it could change over time without explicit warning

Move to Merz & Subscriber

We really encourage developers to move to Merz and Subscriber. These new modules increase users experience quality and they make your tool easier to develop.

Be kind with user’s data

Don’t do funky things with user’s data! Before uploading extensions to Mechanic, the RoboFont team will check the extension for malicious operations and suggest improvements to the user experience.

Code style

Code style can be a controversial topic of debate (remember tabs vs spaces?) between programmers. There is no strict rule to follow, just be aware that there is well established Python Style Guide out there.

Last edited on 15/07/2021