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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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URW++ re-releases open fonts in MuPDF bundle

The URW++ foundry has re-released under the Open Font License (OFL) the core set of fonts for PDF rendering (via PostScript/GhostScript - the special subset of Nimbus - bundled with MuPDF reader by Artifex.
15 Apr 2016 (updated 18 Apr 2016 at 21:21 UTC) »
Building and testing the latest SILE with complex script support

Interested in multilingual publishing with complex scripts and smart fonts? Then you should definitely check out the latest version of SILE (Simon's Improved Layout Editor).
Simon Cozens is the author and the maintainer of this very promising new publishing platform. Development happens on github: https://github.com/simoncozens/sile/.

See this sile-master.sh gist for the details of getting the various components installed and the build working. I recommend you try it with Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus).

(There is also homebrew support for OSX users: brew install sile --HEAD ).

Once you have sile running, you should really check out fontproof, the nice new proofing class/package made by Victor Gaultney. It's a great helper to generate pages to test how your font will behave in various situations, especially with complex script features where other publishing paths do poorly.

Building and testing the next-generation Scribus with complex script support

Interested in multilingual publishing with complex scripts and smart fonts? Then you should help test the latest CTL (Complex Text Layout) branch from Scribus, the libre desktop publishing app.

Various Scribus developers have worked on this over the years. Andreas Vox started the CTL project. Integrating Harfbuzz, Graphite and Raqm goes a long way towards building up capacity to tackle more complex scripts and do a better job. AFAICT the developers at HOST-Oman and Khaled Hosny have spend a lot of time and energy on this: https://github.com/HOST-Oman/scribus and the results are very promising.

See this scribus-ctl-master.sh gist for the details of getting the various components installed and the build working.
I recommend you try with Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus), currently under freeze, because you need QT 5.5. (the codebase won't work on previous versions and you will need to install the whole QT toolchain yourself).
Please report your bugs and help make this better for everyone.

(OpenSuse users should probably look at http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/ftake:/scribus:/CTL/).



23 Mar 2016 (updated 23 Mar 2016 at 20:58 UTC) »
Why, yes, you may use this on your non-Windows OS...


Looks like the folks at Microsoft are making subtle but interesting changes in their licensing approach for certain fonts. They seem to be moving from the generic EULA that says "While the software is running, you may use its fonts to display and print content." - IOW you can't use any of these fonts if you're not running Windows, the "software" is this context - to a EULA that says "You may install and use any number of copies of the software on your devices". IOW, please go ahead and use or test these fonts even if you happen to run something else than Windows on your devices. We don't care about exclusive rights for this any more.

The font download page for the special versions of Calibri and Sitka Small intended to help with legibility and dyslexia has:

Supported Operating System:
Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 10 , Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

Microsoft Fluent Fonts can be installed on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows. For non-Windows platforms, there must be support for installing system-wide fonts and extracting files from a ZIP file.

Install Instructions:
For Windows platforms, select the file "Microsoft Fluent Fonts.msi" and open the file. For non-Windows platforms that support installing fonts, select the file "Microsoft Fluent Fonts for non-Windows OS.zip". Extract the files, read the file "Microsoft Fluent Fonts EULA.rtf" in a document viewer, and install the font files.

Yep, it's a post-Windows-only world after all. Who would have thought?

OK, these fonts are still freeware: unredistributable, unmodifiable and there is not reproducible buildpath, but still, interesting change of mindset...

17 Dec 2015 (updated 18 Dec 2015 at 00:31 UTC) »
Progress on font format interoperability

Looks like we are seeing some promising movement towards better font formats interoperability and interchange with glyphs2ufo, newer versions of vfb2ufo (OSX and Windows only, closed-source), ufo2ft, extractor and ufoLib.

Maybe the times of opaque and proprietary font formats are slowly coming to an end...

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