[Pkg-fonts-devel] RFS: ttf-takao (NEW)

Jun Kobayashi jkbys at ubuntu.com
Sun Apr 4 04:08:21 UTC 2010


Osamu Aoki wrote:
> On Sat, Apr 03, 2010 at 02:00:58PM +0800, Paul Wise wrote:
>> On Sat, Apr 3, 2010 at 12:40 PM, Jun Kobayashi <jkbys at ubuntu.com> wrote:
>>> This is because they prohibit to distribute modified IPA Fonts. If we add
>>> the patches to the ttf-ipafonts Debian package, the binary packages include
>>> modified IPA Fonts binary file. It seems to be against the IPA Font License
>>> to distribute such files.
> Prohibit is not correct summary (I only read English license).  
> They put conditions and restrictions which Debian can accept.
> We distribute with source and patch.  We pass their condition.

What are the source and patche of the IPA fonts?
The otf-ipafont package seem to includes and places the IPA fonts files without 
any changes from the original files. We must change the name of the fonts if we 
modify the font files. This seem to be acceptable for Debian main.

>> Ah, I see. In that case I vote for removal of the IPA fonts and
>> replacing them with Takao. In fact, I wonder why we even put them in
>> Debian in the first place.
> Paul,
> Is your assertion based on Jun's comment or based on the whole original
> license?
> Besides...
> Just because we can patch dos not mean this is aggessively patched.
> This IPA font upstream is conservative.  This ttf-takao seems to be
> aggessive.  What's wrong to have both? We may get funky emoji used on
> Japanese cell phone ...

As Osamu said, I think both the IPA fonts and Takao fonts should be included in 
debian. So I don't want removal of the IPA fonts. Some people like to use the 
conservative fonts provided by govamental organization, and some people like 
the fonts modified by the community. We can provide selectability for users.

For your information, at this time Takao is modified only for fixing one problem 
vanishing under line on some Japanese input software. Including newly defined 
Emoji glyphs[1] in Takao is possible idea.

[1] http://sites.google.com/site/unicodesymbols/Home/emoji-symbols

Jun Kobayashi

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