OpenType not for Open Communication?

From: Peter R. Mueller-Roemer (
Date: Mon Dec 06 2004 - 07:04:06 CST

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    John Hudson wrote:

    > Philippe Verdy wrote:
    >> Is there a way outside OpenType for other system vendors than
    >> Microsoft and Apple? This standard loks more and more proprietary...
    > It has always been a proprietary font format. It has never been
    > anything but proprietary.
    > John Hudson
    wITH 'it' you refer to OpenType ? So OpentType are Type-faces= fonts
    that are only open by leaving technical details unrestricted to
    font-designers, text-processing-software?
    Then it's name is another MISNOMER (the word Open can't be made
    proprietary by itself, so it is not illegal) that a lot of customers
    MISUNDERSTAND, and thus it is MISLEADING and unfair to your customers.

    The Unicode-Standard I hope is Open in the sense that any font that is
    designed to this standard may call itself a unicode-font (complete or
    partial ...).

    Unicode has a great potential to remove the language-specific boundaries
    from web-communication, but if allmost equivalent fonts (& SW to read,
    write and print) are not freely available for private use, than its
    accepance will not be so wide as is necessary to enable multi-lingual

    Peter MR

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