Re: A11y woes

On 20/02/2006, at 10:14 PM, Simos Xenitellis wrote:

It's a pity about Bitstream (Titus Cyberbit Basic): they must have changed their licence. I read their licence attached to another font only this week, but it must have been out of date, because it said we were free to redistribute their fonts as long as we didn't do so in a font package and charge for that package. Re- engineering was fine as long as the name of the font was changed.
Hi Clytie,
There are different licenses per font;
1. Bitstream Vera ( is an open-source font and thanks to that we have DejaVu which I believe has proper coverage for Vietnamese as well. You may try the latest version, published yesterday, from *dejavu*

Grabbing it now... ;)

2. Titus Cyberbit Basic has a "for-personal-use-only" license, which I believe it comes from long time ago when the german institute arranged with Bitstream to work on the font and the greater coverage of glyphs. I believe that if someone contacted Bitstream, they would not mind to change the license to that of Bitstream Vera. I believe it's an issue of contacting the right people.
3. Other fonts from Bitstream are proprietary.

Hope this helps,

Thanks, Simos, that is helpful. Do you think it's worth us trying to contact Bitstream? Or shall we go with dejavu (which is, confusingly, also the name of my backup program)?

from Clytie (vi-VN, Vietnamese free-software translation team / nhóm Việt hóa phần mềm tự do)

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