Reserved Font Names for OFL-licensed fonts
rdtennent at gmail.com
Fri Jul 24 16:12:02 CEST 2020
It has recently come to my attention that the Reserved Font
Name provision in the OFL license precludes distributing
different formats under the same user-visible font name. To
comply, I am currently in the process of removing [pdf]latex
support and type1 (pfb) fonts from several of the font
packages I maintain:
If you have been using any of these packages using
[pdf]latex, you have the following options:
+ switch to xelatex or lualatex; my font packages have always
been designed to allow easy migration to modern processors.
+ request on my behalf permission from the copyright
owners of the font family to allow distribution of type1
versions of their fonts without a name change. If you
succeed, let me know and I will restore the old version
of the package.
+ create a new OFL-licensed package based on the original
with a suitable "new" name. You will have to follow
the guidelines at
and use, for example, fontforge to change the internal
Fontnames of the otf or ttf fonts. I could assist by
passing on to you the relevant autoinst commands to
generate suitable support files but I have no interest
in pursuing this option myself.
I regret this unfortunate situation.
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