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Old 02-19-2007, 10:40 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by curveto View Post
Is there a good source for (how shall we say?) a collection of basics (Helvetica et al.) that have been recast into a "wide" (think unicode) form? I want to find a series of principle fonts that can be used across numerous languages/locales.
Linotype owns the rights to Helvetica. Helvetica World may be what you want, but it is expensive, and each user (or group of users) would have to be licensed.

Ascender Corp., a spinoff from Monotype, licenses specialty fonts. You can see their list of available (i.e., non-custom) WGL fonts (scroll down). The list includes Arial (not Helvetica), Times New Roman, Courier, Century Schoolbook, the web fonts, and more. You’d need to talk to them about broad licensing.

If you are looking for fonts that can be freely distributed, you might take a look at the Greek Font Society’s 20th-century page. They have a face something like Times (Artemisia) and a sans (NeoHellenic), though no one would take the latter for Helvetica. There is also a Bodoni-like font.

Other Open Source OpenType fonts include Gentium (“a typeface for the nations”; download).

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