Button to convert type to stroke.
Can you please create one button that converts type to single-line strokes? Then we can edit letters using the width tool, etc.
Right now it looks like the best option is to rasterize the type, and Image Trace single line. I know your team can make it easier than that because you're wizards.
This is an insanely complicated task.
Not every font can be converted to a series of separate stems. What about round corners? decorative elements? optical compensations? This is only us, humans (or maybe some new neural networks), can see separate parts in the merged and united glyphs.
However, there are some tools which can help you edit these paths.
1. A paid plugin, Reform by AstuteGraphics, https://astutegraphics.com/plugins/reform — it allows you to intuitively edit outlined strokes, very close to Width tool, but perhaps even better.
2. A paid script. MojiDisassembler script, https://sppy.stars.ne.jp/mojidisassembler — it tries to break united shapes into overlapping parts. The only downside of it — it’s in Japanese only, but little text in it and it can be translated.
Actually, these two tools combined work magic.
As for the automated one-click solution — thanks for the request :)