A few extra resources about open fonts
Posted Jan 23, 2009 17:31 UTC (Fri) by yosch
Parent article: Finding and using free fonts
Great article, here are some open fonts resources which haven't been mentioned in the thread so far:
- Ed Trager's unifont.org with good classification of the font families by Unicode coverage and licenses. Plus lots of other goodies: TextLayout meeting talks, resources to advocate the OFL to designers...
- The Debian weekly font review were we run a regular analysis for every font in the archive and provide preview, Unicode coverage, full metadata (more planned)
- The OFL FAQ with insights and tips on understanding and using the Open Font License.
- The various font design tools available which can be used alongside fontforge.
From a i18n, free speech, development and A2K perspective, having a quality redistributable and modifiable implementation for each and every script used throughout the world in the form of a font licensed under a community-recognized license is a huge challenge but a very desirable goal. A big kudos to all the community members involved in this effort.
BTW many prefer referring to fonts released under FLOSS licenses as "open fonts" as the "free fonts" exception is widely associated with restricted freeware distribute-but-don't-modify fonts. Not the same thing.
Now to work on increasing the integration of the advanced features of these fonts in the free desktop stack...
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