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In 1996, Microsoft launched the Core fonts for the Web project to make a standard pack of fonts for the Internet. Arial in TrueType format was included in this project. The project allowed anyone to download and install these fonts for their own use (on end user's computers) without any fee. The project was terminated by Microsoft in August 2002, allegedly due to frequent EULA violations. For MS Windows, the core fonts for the web were provided as self-extracting executables (.exe); each included an embedded cabinet file, which can be extracted with appropriate software. For the Macintosh, the files were provided as BinHexed StuffIt archives (.sit.hqx). The latest font version that was available from Core fonts for the Web was 2.82, published in 2000. Later versions (such as version 3 or version 5 which include many new characters) were not available from this project. A Microsoft spokesman declared in 2002 that members of the open-source community "will have to find different sources for updated fonts. ... Although the EULA did not restrict the fonts to just Windows and Mac OS, they were only ever available as Windows .exe's and Mac archive files." The chief technical officer of Opera Software cited the cancellation of the project as an example of Microsoft resisting interoperability.
As one of the most iconic typefaces of the twentieth century, derivative designs based on Palatino were rapidly developed, taking advantage of the lack of practical copyright and the easy copying possible in the phototypesetting font market of the 1960s and 70s onwards. Many of these are almost indistinguishable from Palatino, and some even had Zapf's involvement as a consultant.
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Bitstream Cyberbit is a professionally-designed large Unicode font which provides coverage of many major scripts, including Latin, extended Latin, Greek, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, Thai, Japanese (Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji), Korean, and Chinese Hanzi (ideographs). Among TrueType fonts with extensive Unicode coverage, this font has historically been one of the best that could be downloaded for free. The Bitstream Cyberbit Font License permits the licensee to use the font for free on only one system.
Paul Hardy at Unifoundry.com has now completed Czyborra's GNU Unifont project by providing a glyph for every printable code point in the Unicode Basic Multilingual Plane (BMP). A lot of work has gone into improving glyph legibility, especially for orthographies such as Korean. You can download the completed GNU Unifont along with various scripts and tools from Unifoundry.com.
In 2003, the Gnome Foundation reached an agreement with Bitstream to release a number of fonts under an open source license. As a result of this agreement, the Vera font family consisting of ten font files is now available for download from Only covers Latin. For greater coverage, see the DejaVu fonts in the Latin, Greek and Cyrillic section below.
Vangelis Makridakis, a Greek designer, has recently released five new display fonts under the GPL (with a clarification allowing embedding). These new OpenType fonts cover modern Greek and Latin and can be downloaded here.
The Armenian Unicode Project aims to support and promote the use of the Unicode standard for Armenian language support. A comprehensive list of Unicode fonts which include the Armenian range is provided on this site, and most of the listed fonts can be downloaded directly from their server.
Gia Shervashidze and Vladimer Sichinava have created 14 and 16 pixel size Georgian BDF console fonts to replace those present in unifont.dbf which are considered ugly. You can download the New_Georgian_BDF_Fonts.tar.gz package here.
From the download link on BPG Infotech you can download the GPL'ed BPG Chveulebrivi, BPG Courier, BPG Elite, BPG Glaho, BPG Rioni and BPG Unicode Standard. Special thanks are due to the font author Bessarion Paata Gugushvili. This font collection was originally included in the Ubuntu and Debian distributions packaged and maintained by Matthew Garrett.
Although Arabeyes has a link for downloading the FarsiWeb font package, you might want to visit FarsiWeb directly to download the first set of standard Unicode Persian fonts ever published (some of these fonts are under the GPL as well).
SIL International recently released two Unicode OpenType fonts for Arabic, Scheherazade and Lateef. Both fonts provide so-called "simplified" rendering of Arabic script using basic connecting glyphs but not including a wide variety of additional ligatures or contextual alternates, other than lam-alef. However, the fonts do provide language-specific features for rendering Kurdish, Sindhi, and Urdu, as well as both Arabic-Indic and Eastern Arabic digits. The fonts are available in both OpenType format (for Uniscribe, ICU, and Pango-based applications) and AAT format (for ATSUI applications on Mac OS X). They can be downloaded from SIL's NRSI Arabic Script Unicode Fonts page.
SIL International has released two Unicode OpenType fonts fashioned after the typography of the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia old testament. The fonts come with all cantillation marks needed for biblical Hebrew. The glyphs in the two fonts are identical, but the style of the cantillation marks differs. You can find out more about the fonts and download them from the Ezra SIL Fonts page.
Note: The MITF site is apparently no longer available. An alternative is the Dhivehi Politics site which provides two Thaana Unicode fonts for download, Faruma.ttf and AReethi. These fonts are available for free download although the licensing terms are not specified. The same font package is also available from maldivesculture.com.
A few years ago, Arphic Technology of Taiwan released a number of fonts under the Arphic Public License. Those fonts have become the basis of Arne Götje's Taiwan Debian Unicode CJK-Unifonts project described above. We strongly recommend that users download the Unicode-based CJK-Unifonts derivative fonts instead of Arphic's originals because the derivatives now contain a wider range of both simplified and traditional characters. Arphic Technology's original fonts and a number of other Chinese fonts, including the Taiwan Ministry of Education fonts, can be downloaded from CLE's http server at or from the ftp server at .
The Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya (MPP, मदन पुरस्कार पुस्तकालय) Library is a non-profit, non-governmental institution in Nepal. The library is well-known for its literary collections and its work in publishing, education, and training. Three Devanagari Unicode fonts, Sanir Karmacharya's Kalimati and Kanjirowa, and Rabison Shakya's Thyaka Rabison can be downloaded here. In addition to the fonts, the MPP is working on Nepali keyboard standardization, Unicode conversion, sorting, and spell checking software in conjunction with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Ministry of Science and Technology, HMG.
The Kannada Localization project on Sourceforge is working to localize free software, initially KDE and Gnome, in Kannada. Sampige is a free OpenType Kannada font available for download from this site.
Be sure to visit the Indix project's Raghu OpenType fonts download page which includes a Tamil font. Sooriyan.com has released a free Tamil Unicode font by Jeyatheepan Ulagapiragasam called SooriyanDotCom in order to help accelerate the use of Unicode in Tamil computing. Four GPL'ed Tamil Unicode fonts are also available at this site. Be sure to download TmlUniGNU-GPL.zip which contains VaigaiUni by P.S. Ranganathan with OpenType feautures added by A.Umar and TheneeUni, TheneeUniTx and ThendralUni all by A. Umar.
Dr. Tirumala Krishna Desikacharyulu of Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada, maintains the kavya-nandanam web site to promote Classical (Sampradayika) Telugu literature. He has also produced a Telugu OpenType font, Pothana2000, which you can download from his site. The following image was taken from Yudit:
The Tibetan and Himalayan Digital Library (THDL) project at the University of Virginia has released the Tibetan Machine Unicode font based on the glyphs created by Mr. Tony Duff of the Tibetan Computer Company and with sponsorship from the Trace Foundation of New York City. Make sure that you download the Unicode-encoded font package, as the legacy font packages are also available on the THDL, Trace, and Sourceforge web sites. It can be very confusing if you aren't careful. Also watch out as many of the Tibetan web pages, including those of THDL and Trace are encoded using an ad-hoc scheme which is completely dependent on a specific set of Duff's legacy font files combined with specially crafted CSS in the web pages themselves. 2b1af7f3a8