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Re: Font license vs. conversion between font formats

From: Gustavo Ferreira <gustavo.ferreira@hipertipo.net>
Date: Tue, 7 Jul 2009 18:56:08 +0200
Cc: www-font@w3.org
Message-Id: <51929096-01DA-4721-957F-C58EEF05BB84@hipertipo.net>
To: cfynn@gmx.net
it is possible to make fake b&w and greyscale bitmap fonts, that is,  
fonts that contain outlines but that look like bitmap fonts if used in  
the appropriate resolution.

On Jul 7, 2009, at 6:29 PM, Christopher Fynn wrote:

> Aren't these bitmaps also limited to B&W only, no greyscale?
> Thomas Phinney wrote:
>> On Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 4:56 AM, Mikko
>> Rantalainen<mikko.rantalainen@peda.net> wrote:
>>> OTF files can include bitmap glyphs if I haven't totally  
>>> misunderstood.
>>> Do not distribute the actual font shaping data if you are not
>>> comfortable with anybody copying that data. Instead, pre-render  
>>> those
>>> shapes as bitmaps and distribute a collection of those bitmaps as  
>>> the
>>> "web font". Use deformed vector shapes if such data is always  
>>> required
>>> by the OTF (I don't know). That would be the low-res font file  
>>> directly
>>> comparable with low-res image.
>> Although that would be great in principle, and you're right about the
>> font format supporting bitmaps, I am of the impression that current
>> operating systems do not support those bitmaps AFAIK. If that is
>> correct, then such fonts would not work on Mac or Windows. (I'll  
>> trust
>> others to correct me if I'm mistaken here.)
>> Regards,
>> T
Received on Tuesday, 7 July 2009 16:56:44 UTC

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