[Pkg-fonts-devel] STIX Fonts Beta Test Version Ready for Download

Florian Weimer fw at deneb.enyo.de
Thu Nov 1 16:57:54 UTC 2007

* MJ Ray:

> Paul Wise <pabs at debian.org> wrote:
>>    4. You may also (a) add glyphs or characters to the Fonts, or
>> modify the shape of existing glyphs, so long as the base set of glyphs
>> is not removed and (b) delete glyphs or characters from the Fonts,
>> provided that the resulting font set is distributed with the following
>> disclaimer: "This [name] font does not include all the Unicode points
>> covered in the STIX Fonts-TM set but may include others." In each
>> case, the name used to denote the resulting font set shall not include
>> the term "STIX" or any similar term.
> I'm confused by this, but maybe I just don't understand how the font
> works: is it possible to modify a character and have software use it,
> even if the original is still in there?

Reasonably recent TeX distributions can do this ("virtual fonts").

It's not clear to me if you can modify and redistribute core glyphs at
all, no matter what the font is called.  This is likely not intentional
because (pardon the silly example) if I need a "LATIN SMALL LETTER WITH
CHAIN ABOVE", I should be able to start with "LATIN SMALL LETTER A".
But apparently, the font publisher actually whishes to encourage such
derived works.

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