Enhancement proposal: Download free fonts

Mike Kaganski mikekaganski at hotmail.com
Tue Jun 6 05:53:34 UTC 2023


On 06.06.2023 3:08, jonathon wrote:
> B) As far back as OpenOffice.org 1.x, fonts have been distributed as 
> extensions. One of the rationales behind why the Extension & Template 
> section UI of the LibO site, is so that fonts can be more easilly 
> distributed as extensions.

My opinion about fonts-as-extensions is expressed in bug 91886 comment 6 
( https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=91886#c6 ). I 
suppose that redistributing fonts in simply not OK, because font 
redistribution is a business of respective font foundries. An extension 
should IMO primarily contain the author of extension's work. Fonts 
re-distributed as LO extensions not only do not fit into this idea, but 
also will install fonts to OS (at least on Windows), and then users will 
be able to remove the fonts from system, and have the extension "broken" 
- ton the end of life, but another inconsistent state.

Fonts (and their redistribution in *any* kind) are not what TDF should 
invest into, IMO. At most, have some wiki pages with (personalized; 
necessarily opinionated) recommendations.

Best regards,
Mike Kaganski

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