John A. Boyd Jr.
jaboydjr at netwalk.com
Fri Apr 2 16:05:22 EST 2004
One other point of response...
Ambrose Li wrote:
> ... if simply
> referring to the names would be infringement, how can any scheme
> work at all? And wouldn't the average person commit trademark
> infringement even during normal use?
I sent Enrique a private response to a private message on this
thread - the following is an excerpt:
Let's imagine that fontconfig will allow you to:
. give a name as input to a request to "describe" what is named, for
which it returns a collection of "abstract" style keywords and
possibly also some detailed metric information
(Call this "name_to_style(name) => style [,details]")
. give a collection of abstract style keywords, possibly as a logical
expression (e.g., "monospace not serif"), for which it returns a
list of names.
(Call this "style_to_names(style) => names")
. give either a name or a collection of abstract style keywords,
possibly as an expression which expresses preference in some
way, and possible also some detailed metric information that
also expresses preference, for which it returns a single specific
font (not a name only, but a font).
(Call this "specific_font(name|style[,details]) => font")
And you will be able to do what you desire to do. Moreover,
fontconfig will not be ever be substituting names for names,
but only associating names to descriptions and/or descriptions
to names, thus avoiding the trademark issue quite well.
style_to_names(name_to_style(name)) => names
without even having a mechanism that directly maps a name to other
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