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Old 03-16-2006, 12:56 PM   #1
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Default Open source (free) fonts

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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