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Name: Nicolas Spalinger
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Co-author of the Open Font License, contributor to the OFDK (open font design toolkit), contributor to various open font projects, advocate of FLOSS methodologies and best practises to font designers and script engineers, editor of Planet Open Fonts.


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29 Oct 2013 (updated 29 Oct 2013 at 18:57 UTC) »
Wiki[p|m]edia doesn't like tofu and takes action

No, not that kind of tofu, which is quite delicious actually, but the much less tastier electronic equivalent: empty squares that show up in your digital content when you don't have access to the proper font, which usually leaves you with a bitter taste, especially if it's your own native script and you can't use it.

It's very good to see Wiki[p|m]edia joining others (like Google and Monotype's Noto for example: Noto as in no tofu, see what they did there?) looking into tackling these limitations on the web with their minimal but still quite ambitious Autonym font project.

And I find the font name quite clever too: autonyms (sometimes also called endonyms) are how speakers of a particular language itself call it and also write it ideally: see ScriptSource's list of languages with alternate names.

I suspect it will a huge help in driving home the problems many people still face with not having access to a high-quality open font as a reference implementation of their script but ending up with infamous electronic tofu instead. Starting with getting the name itself right is a great stepping stone.

Go Wiki[m|p]edia!
Update to the OFL FAQ published: version 1.1-update3

Don't miss the newly updated OFL FAQ version 1-1-update3. It may well have the answers you're looking for on the - rather rich and complex - topic of using, distributing and creating open fonts with practical tips and examples.

It takes into account feedback from a wider variety of users of open fonts as well as significant issues within the type design community, like, among other things, delivering optimized webfonts.
Fuentes libres en Madrid, EspaƱa

Plenty of libre/open font-related sessions on the program at this year's LGM in Madrid...
8 Feb 2013 (updated 9 Feb 2013 at 22:11 UTC) »
New open fonts shipping with LibreOffice 4.0

Interesting to see that LibreOffice 4.0 increases the number of open fonts bundled by default: the release notes mention - among quite a few other nifty new features - that Open Sans by Ascender, PT Serif by ParaType, Source Code Pro and Source Sans Pro by Adobe join the existing Dejavu, Liberation, Gentium and Libertine font families that LibreOffice users can enjoy without having to go through any installation steps.

More quality entries in your font menu :-D

Of course this font repository integration idea sounds very good too!

Some promising aspects of Source Sans Pro, Adobe's recently published open font

So, it looks like Adobe's recent decision to release Source Sans Pro as an open font under the OFL has been well-received in various parts of the interwebs.

I'd like to add big congrats to Paul D Hunt, Ken Lunde, Robert Slimbach, Miguel Souza and Ernie March (and as few others at Adobe I imagine) as well for going open with all this work. May they reap many benefits for this move.

Besides the design quality and the unusual fact that Adobe-affiliated designers and font engineers are directly involved, I think there are some very promising aspects worth pointing out: Source Sans comes with an AFDKO buildpath and the corresponding full set of source files, various smart behaviours (via OpenType), initial focus on supporting languages using extended latin (like Vietnamese and Navajo) and tentative plans for newer writings systems in the published roadmap in which they invite outside participation to the project.

Seeing the authors interact and reply to community input directly in the blog discussion thread is quite promising too: making adjustments to the zip structure of the release, explaining how people can make their own branch if they want, promising more technical documentation on the buildpath, exploring the use of a DVCS and possibly fontforge, etc. IMHO it shows a great willingness to think and act beyond a simple code drop by looking at ongoing maintainership. Many miles ahead compared to somewhat similar open font releases by corporations I've been able to observe previously. Well-done.

I'm looking forward to the Monospace version in the pipeline...

Maybe Adobe will even consider making the AFDKO toolkit more open in the future? There were queries about releasing AFDKO more openly earlier (the python scripts themselves are already under the MIT license)...

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