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Old 03-16-2006, 12:56 PM   #1
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Describing the fonts as “proof of concept,” SIL International has released two new free fonts: Charis, similar to Bitstream Charter, in the standard four styles; and Doulos, “compatible with” Times Roman, in one weight only.

Unlike SIL’s earlier Gentium, these new fonts have more than 2400 charaacters, with support for Latin, Cyrillic, and linguistic uses. They are “smart” — if you use them in an application that understands OpenType, Apple Advanced Typography, or SIL’s Graphite, ligatures and diacritics are automatically substituted.

These are not earth-shattering designs but they seem to be of decent quality, and they are text rather than display fonts, so usable in cases where you need to distribute fonts to many readers without need of additional licenses. If you could persuade your visitors to download the fonts, they could even be used on web sites.

Anyway, I have attached a couple of samples of the basic character set, the Charter-like Charis on the left, Doulos on the right.
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For the sake of completeness, here are images of other open source, freely distributable fonts meant mainly for on-screen use. They can be copied or modified, so long as you change the name; and can be distributed over a network or throughout a business.

I find the Sans is very similar to Verdana (which is a little wider), so I include a sample of Verdana for comparison in the first screen shot.

Bitstream Vera Sans, Vera Sans Mono, and Vera Serif.

You need to go to the GNOME site to download the Vera fonts.
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And here is the last open source font for the screen, released first by its designer, Victor Gaultney, and later transferred to the SIL open source organization: Gentium, which was mentioned in the first message in this thread.

Does anyone know of any others?
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Describing the fonts as “proof of concept,” SIL International has released two new free fonts: Charis, similar to Bitstream Charter, in the standard four styles; and Doulos, “compatible with” Times Roman, in one weight only.
Nice - especially with the good Unicode support. Downloaded already.

What about the Bitstream fonts - Open Source but not free? Or am I missing something? (Another "IQ test"?)

   
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Does anyone know of any others?

There's David Perry's Cardo, also free.

   
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What about the Bitstream fonts - Open Source but not free? Or am I missing something?
Sorry — yes, free. Utterly.

   
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There's David Perry's Cardo, also free.
Interesting, and what I would call semi-free. Not an open source license, in any event. (Scholars can use it freely but publishers cannot. And it isn’t clear what sort of online use it can have.)

I downloaded it though, and will take a look. He says it is Bembo-like, which might be lovely.

Thanks. I had not heard of it.

   
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Sorry — yes, free. Utterly.
OK - another IQ test then. I didn't see any download link. I did see a "Contact sales" link. Any hints for my poor tired brain?

   
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There's David Perry's Cardo, also free.
On http://scholarsfonts.net/ I read: "11/01/05 Cardo 1.01 will be posted by the end of the month!" - I can only find Cardo 0.98 though, released November 2004.

   
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On http://scholarsfonts.net/ I read: "11/01/05 Cardo 1.01 will be posted by the end of the month!" - I can only find Cardo 0.98 though, released November 2004.
Same here. Not sure, but maybe this is a part-time endeavor.

   
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