From: Peter Constable (
Date: Tue Jun 01 2010 - 15:54:33 CDT

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    "Some font vendors say and publish on their website that their fonts are Unicode fonts."

    All they mean by that that the character encoding assumed by their font is the character encoding defined in the Unicode Standard.

    Neither the Unicode Standard nor the Unicode Consortium has any relationship whatsoever to the provenance of glyphs in fonts distributed by any party except in case of fonts distributed directly by the Unicode Consortium - and the only font distributed by the Unicode Consortium is the Last Resort Font, which was developed by Apple.

    If you have concerns about someone stealing font IP, you should take that up directly with those parties. This mail list is not an appropriate forum for such issues, and the Unicode Consortium cannot form any position on the merits of such claims.


    From: [] On Behalf Of V. M. Kumaraswamy
    Sent: Tuesday, June 01, 2010 7:58 AM
    To: Doug Ewell
    Cc: Unicode Mailing List
    Subject: Re: IS UNICODE a STANDRAD ?

    Some font vendors say and publish on their website that their fonts are Unicode fonts.

    Some of these fonts are developed by stealing GLYPHS of some similar fonts whcih were available on the website. [that is: IPR stolen fonts]
    On Tue, Jun 1, 2010 at 7:11 AM, Doug Ewell <<>> wrote:
    V. M. Kumaraswamy wrote:
    The Unicode Consortium is the publisher of The Unicode Standard as well as several other technical standards.

    So Unicode Consortium publishes standards for fonts ?
    The Unicode Standrad is for fonts that are used in different countries ?

    No, Asmus did not say that the Unicode Standard is a font standard. It is not. It is a character standard, which is a different thing because the identity of a character is not the same as the images of that character as displayed in any given font.

    The Unicode Consortium publishes charts showing representative examples of what each character looks like, for purposes of identifying the characters. The exact images are not normative, nor are the fonts used to generate the charts.

    The Unicode Standard especially does not specify anything about "fonts that are used in different countries." Font vendors, or countries if they are the ones who dictate what fonts may be used, may choose any fonts they like.

    Doug Ewell  |  Thornton, Colorado, USA  |>
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