[tex-live] Supportfiles for affordable Fontsite fonts - why not on CTAN?

Philip TAYLOR P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Tue Mar 16 13:03:55 CET 2010

Wolfgang Keller wrote:

>  From Fontsite, you can get e.g. a Bembo (Bergamo), Garamond, Sabon
> (Savoy), Futura (Function), Optima (Opus), all with small caps, oldstyle
> figures, and many others more...
> ...for ~15$ each (!). For a complete family.
> Is there anything wrong with these fonts that an amateur like me can't
> spot from the PDF samples?

Without looking at the fonts themselves, and looking only at
the price, I would suspect that they are clones : low-price
rip-offs from which the original type designer gets not
a single penny by way of licence fee.

See /Alphabet Stories/, by Hermann Zapf, pp.~71--74,
"Sir Francis Drake Society", which is itself taken from
the /Bulletin of the Typographers International Association/,
February 1994, Flemington (New Jersey).

Philip Taylor

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