[Pkg-fonts-devel] otf-yozvox-yozfont and its Reserved Font Names

Nicolas Spalinger nicolas_spalinger at sil.org
Sat Jan 2 21:18:03 UTC 2010

Dear Hideki-san,

Thanks again for all the work you've recently done on many font packages :-)

Just a quick comment on the otf-yozvox-yozfont package:

in debian/copyright I can see:

Copyright (c) 2009-10-23, Y.Oz (Y.OzVox) (http://yozvox.web.infoseek.co.jp),
 with Reserved Font Name Y\.?OzFont[0-9A-Za-z]* (with Bold and/or Italic).

Regexps in the Reserved Font Names is really going much too far...
Instead the name(s) the author wishes to reserve should be spelled out
clearly. The word is the unit for names to be reserved.

Could you please talk about it with upstream?
The OFL FAQ has these relevant entries:

Question: 2.9  Am I not allowed to use any part of the Reserved Font Names?
Answer: You may not use the words of the font names, but you would be
allowed to use parts of words, as long as you do not use any word from
the Reserved Font Names entirely. We do not recommend using parts of
words because of potential confusion, but it is allowed. For example, if
"Foobar" was a Reserved Font Name, you would be allowed to use "Foo" or
"bar", although we would not recommend it. Such an unfortunate choice
would confuse the users of your fonts as well as make it harder for
other designers to contribute.

Question: 2.10  So what should I, as an author, identify as Reserved
Font Names?
Answer: Original authors are encouraged to name their fonts using clear,
distinct names, and only declare the unique parts of the name as
Reserved Font Names. For example, the author of a font called "Foobar
Sans" would declare "Foobar" as a Reserved Font Name, but not "Sans", as
that is a common typographical term, and may be a useful word to use in
a derivative font name. Reserved Font Names should also be single words.
A font called "Flowing River" should have Reserved Font Names "Flowing"
and "River", not "Flowing River".


Nicolas Spalinger, NRSI volunteer
Debian/Ubuntu font teams / OpenFontLibrary

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