[Pkg-fonts-devel] Re: [Openfontlibrary] Re: [DejaVu-fonts] forming
new maintenance team for MPH 2B Damase?
jon at rejon.org
Sun Feb 11 03:52:48 CET 2007
On Sun, 2007-02-11 at 10:28 +0800, Simos Xenitellis wrote:
> Hi Paul,
> MPH 2B Damase does not have a free and open-source license. I was
> wondering if the author would be flexible to relicense using a license
> such as OFL.
> This might help out in order to get a team working on the font.
Yes, I agree...currently we accept public domain and Open Font Licensed
fonts. It would be great to help on this font granted the licensing is
> On 2/11/07, Paul Wise <pabs at debian.org> wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > [please CC me on any replies]
> > MPH 2B Damase is a public domain font implementing some of the newer
> > parts of Unicode 4.1. A short description of it is here:
> > http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/ttf-mph-2b-damase
> > The author hasn't had time to work on it for a long time, so I suggested
> > that a maintenance team could be formed in order to keep it up to date,
> > add more glyphs and so on. Is anyone interested in helping form such a
> > team and working on MPH 2B Damase?
> > PS: If anyone is a regular on typophile.com and would like to post this
> > message there, please do.
> > For those who might be interested, here is my email exchange with the
> > author:
> > > On 06/02/07, Paul Wise <pabs at debian.org> wrote:
> > >
> > > > I note that fixedsys.org is still not back up. Have you updated MPH
> > > > 2B Damase at all and placed it on a new website? If not, do you
> > > > think it would be a good idea to convert it to a fontforge .sfd file
> > > > or two, create a sourceforge or savannah project to maintain it on
> > > > and solicit for maintainers amongst the free fonts community? I'm
> > > > sure some of the people who commented on the debian package
> > > > inclusion would help out. Do you know if it uses any features
> > > > fontforge does not support?
> > >
> > > No, I haven't updated the font (although I did intend to at one point,
> > > I'm pretty sure now it's not going to happen, at least not for a few
> > > years) nor have I placed it on a new website. I don't know if it uses
> > > any features fontforge doesn't support -- the main issues that I would
> > > anticipate are how diacritics are done (I don't remember the technical
> > > terms, but the way I did it, iirc, is "illegal", where each
> > > precomposed character actually calls upon the diacritic and the base
> > > character and combines them on the spot), and the use of characters
> > > beyond the BMP (although by now, any font editor that can't handle
> > > that is essentially worthless, so I'm assuming that is not an issue
> > > with fontforge).
> > >
> > > You and others are welcome to do any or all of the things you
> > > suggested, I unfortunately do not have time right now. If nobody were
> > > to end up doing it, I suppose I might eventually, but unfortunately I
> > > am very much occupied in real life at the moment and don't anticipate
> > > having much, if any, time to continue my amateur font foundring for
> > > the next couple of years, although I would be happy to answer any
> > > questions at all anyone might have about fonts or writing systems.
> > --
> > bye,
> > pabs
> > http://wiki.debian.org/PaulWise
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