Font provenance

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Font provenance

Post by William » Thu Nov 01, 2007 8:45 am

I have been having a look at a thread in the archives of the Unicode mailing list and was looking at the following post. ... /0002.html

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I saw the following sentence.
It's more difficult than you may imagine to get strangers to install fonts.
Now that sentence is in that post in a particular context, yet the sentence got me thinking.

I often post links to my own fonts both here and elsewhere, including in our own family webspace.

I have been imagining that some people install my fonts and try them out, yet now I am wondering whether the perceived danger of installing a font obtained from a web link means that, in practice, very few people (maybe nobody?) would take the risk that it is thought might exist.

I have for a long time thought that companies might well be unwilling to use my fonts simply because there is no formal written licence from a business entity. So I have made some attempts, thus far unsuccessful, to have my fonts included on a disc for a desktop publishing package specifically so that the fonts would have a licence from a business entity with them.

I am wondering what exactly is the situation and am wondering whether it might be a good idea to suggest in the FontCreator - Requests and Enhancements forum that High-Logic please consider initiating a service, for a fee, whereby a font producer may send in a font by email to High-Logic, High-Logic would look it over, verify it and test it and then make it available, perhaps on the web, perhaps on a CD, perhaps by a secure download facility, so that the font has the provenance of having been supplied by High-Logic on the basis of having been tested for safety.

Any ideas?

William Overington

1 November 2007

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