[Fontconfig] Re: [DejaVu-fonts] forming new maintenance team for MPH 2B Damase?

Simos Xenitellis simos.lists at googlemail.com
Sat Feb 10 18:28:38 PST 2007

Hi Paul,
MPH 2B Damase does not have a free and open-source license. I was
wondering if the author would be flexible to relicense using a license
such as OFL.
This might help out in order to get a team working on the font.


On 2/11/07, Paul Wise <pabs at debian.org> wrote:
> Hi all,
> [please CC me on any replies]
> MPH 2B Damase is a public domain font implementing some of the newer
> parts of Unicode 4.1. A short description of it is here:
> http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/ttf-mph-2b-damase
> The author hasn't had time to work on it for a long time, so I suggested
> that a maintenance team could be formed in order to keep it up to date,
> add more glyphs and so on. Is anyone interested in helping form such a
> team and working on MPH 2B Damase?
> PS: If anyone is a regular on typophile.com and would like to post this
> message there, please do.
> For those who might be interested, here is my email exchange with the
> author:
> > On 06/02/07, Paul Wise <pabs at debian.org> wrote:
> >
> > > I note that fixedsys.org is still not back up. Have you updated MPH
> > > 2B Damase at all and placed it on a new website? If not, do you
> > > think it would be a good idea to convert it to a fontforge .sfd file
> > > or two, create a sourceforge or savannah project to maintain it on
> > > and solicit for maintainers amongst the free fonts community? I'm
> > > sure some of the people who commented on the debian package
> > > inclusion would help out. Do you know if it uses any features
> > > fontforge does not support?
> >
> > No, I haven't updated the font (although I did intend to at one point,
> > I'm pretty sure now it's not going to happen, at least not for a few
> > years) nor have I placed it on a new website. I don't know if it uses
> > any features fontforge doesn't support -- the main issues that I would
> > anticipate are how diacritics are done (I don't remember the technical
> > terms, but the way I did it, iirc, is "illegal", where each
> > precomposed character actually calls upon the diacritic and the base
> > character and combines them on the spot), and the use of characters
> > beyond the BMP (although by now, any font editor that can't handle
> > that is essentially worthless, so I'm assuming that is not an issue
> > with fontforge).
> >
> > You and others are welcome to do any or all of the things you
> > suggested, I unfortunately do not have time right now. If nobody were
> > to end up doing it, I suppose I might eventually, but unfortunately I
> > am very much occupied in real life at the moment and don't anticipate
> > having much, if any, time to continue my amateur font foundring for
> > the next couple of years, although I would be happy to answer any
> > questions at all anyone might have about fonts or writing systems.
> --
> bye,
> pabs
> http://wiki.debian.org/PaulWise
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