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Free STIX Fonts to be Released in September 27

Posted by timothy
from the not-styx dept.
tbspit writes "The STIX fonts project has announced that version 1.0 of the STIX fonts should be released in September 2005. The comprehensive font set is to include mathematical symbols and alphabets, and is intended to serve the scientific and engineering community for electronic and print publication. The STIX fonts should be available as fully hinted Type 1 and True Type fonts. The STIX project will also create a TeX implementation. Progress towards release can be monitored here."
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Free STIX Fonts to be Released in September

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 18, 2005 @09:17AM (#12565684)

    The website talks about how they've been working on the fonts for ten years, but what if they are all butt-ugly? I looked at the website, and there doesn't seem to be even a hint of what they look like. What gives?

    • by ByteSlicer (735276) on Wednesday May 18, 2005 @05:02PM (#12570935)
      I think they might prove usable. Judge for yourself [ams.org].
  • License? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by general_re (8883) on Wednesday May 18, 2005 @09:21AM (#12565706) Homepage
    STIX Fonts Vendor and Publisher License

    This license is still in development. It should be completed by June 2005.

    ...
    User License

    This license is still in development. It should be completed by June 2005.

    Yeah, great, but the devil is always in the details on this sort of thing. If the goal is that "STIX fonts will be made available, under royalty-free license, to anyone, including publishers, software developers, scientists, students, and the general public," let's just put them in the public domain and skip licensing altogether.

  • by Gopal.V (532678) on Wednesday May 18, 2005 @09:41AM (#12565877) Homepage Journal
    The biggest pain I have is getting a single font (yeah, I don't mind a 20 MB font that works) which will work uniformly well with unicode text in different languages.

    Why the hell don't these people build a single one that really, truly works ?. Until then I'll be using ArialUni.ttf and suffering badly. (texmf is not bad, but the world just doesn't have enough Hellingman).
    • by reidbold (55120) on Wednesday May 18, 2005 @11:12AM (#12566815)
      from the site:

      The STIX Fonts have been designed to work with all web browsers, word processors, and other scholarly communications software, as well as all general purpose software.

      The Fonts are based on the Unicode(TM) standard for character representation. By expressing all characters with their Unicode value, programs that you use will select the correct glyph for representation.

      A character is a unique letter or symbol that is defined by its Unicode value.

      Not all Unicode values are included in the STIX Fonts, but there is extensive coverage of Latin alphabets, Greek, and Cyrillic.

      So based on the sound of it, this will work in different languages using unicode.
    • The biggest pain I have is getting a single font (yeah, I don't mind a 20 MB font that works) which will work uniformly well with unicode text in different languages.

      You mean, like Gentium [sil.org]? Or Doulos SIL [sil.org]?

      The Unicode Font Guide for Linux [umich.edu] should also give you some pointers.

      Ulrik P.
  • by hritcu (871613) on Wednesday May 18, 2005 @09:52AM (#12565974) Homepage
    After nearly 10 years of development, the STIX Fonts project is almost complete.

    The community is in great need of such fonts. This open source online equation editor [sourceforge.net] is just an example. We had to recommend the use of a shareware pan-unicode font (Code2000 [att.net]) because the only alternative is the proprietary Arial Unicode MS [microsoft.com].

    Nevertheless, the time it took them to make STIX almost ready looks hilarious to me. Does anybody know how long does it usually take to design such a font?

    • by pthisis (27352) on Wednesday May 18, 2005 @12:43PM (#12567835) Homepage Journal
      [quote]Nevertheless, the time it took them to make STIX almost ready looks hilarious to me. Does anybody know how long does it usually take to design such a font?[/quote]

      Computer Modern was designed over about 12 years.

      Of course, Knuth was working on other things (notably Metafont and TeX) in that period as well.
      • by Anonymous Coward
        Most of the work for TeX and MF were done by his graduate students (most notably Andrew Levy). Knuth's involvement was minimal, and generally to the detriment (ie, the TeX programming language).
        • by Anonymous Coward
          Actually, Knuth did all the programming stuff on TeX himself. There is this story around that he wrote a specification for two of his students once and "all they had to do" was the implementation. After some weeks of travel or so he returned and saw that they only had a very small prototype ready then. He realized that his specification was not precise enough and most of his ideas were in his mind but not in this spec. He started to write the code himself then.
    • Does anybody know how long does it usually take to design such a font?
      How long does it take to do an oil painting? Well, it depends on the oil painting. Font design is a serious craft, and this is a big font.
      • Unlike an oil painting font design should be to some point paralelizable.

        MicroPress [micropress-inc.com] has been working on this for the last 5 years and they don't seem like a one-man company to me. After looking at their horribly designed site I am starting to doubt even that. Maybe I'm wrong, but I would have some reticence at hiring them.

    • Actually, it took them about 5 months to make them nearly ready. The "Status" page went to nearly done that quickly and then has sat there for 5 years.

      Very odd.

      Phil
  • I hope... (Score:4, Funny)

    by enrico_suave (179651) on Wednesday May 18, 2005 @09:59AM (#12566033) Homepage
    I sure hope it comes with the "Mr. Roboto" font and the "come sail away" font.
  • Use MathML fonts (Score:3, Informative)

    by jvj24601 (178471) on Wednesday May 18, 2005 @10:44AM (#12566541)
    http://www.mozilla.org/projects/mathml/fonts/ [mozilla.org]

    They are freely downloadable (free as in beer), and they have the backing of being used and tested by the Mozilla foundation.
    • Re:Use MathML fonts (Score:5, Informative)

      by hritcu (871613) on Wednesday May 18, 2005 @11:37AM (#12567071) Homepage
      While awaiting the comprehensive set of fonts being made by the STIX project [stixfonts.org] to cover all the symbols in MathML, use the font installers (on the right) to install the fonts on your system if you do not have them already. MIT has developed convenient font installers for Windows and the Mac, following licensing negotiations through this project and mozilla.org staff (especially considering the open-source nature of Mozilla). The respective font owners have made provision for the fonts to be packaged into these installers, with the aim of helping to boost the adoption of MathML into the mainstream.

      MathML-enabled Mozilla uses the MIT fonts, but it first maps them to the right entities. This happens in the code because the fonts, although free, are not to be touched or redistributed. Without the right mapping the fonts are useless, and for anything other than standalone applications you cannot perform such a mapping. So I think that you might be forgetting that the main focus of MathML is the Web not standalone applications. The CSS "font-*" attributes don't allow characters to be mapped to different fonts so I doubt that the MIT fonts are of any real use on the Web (unless you are targeting only the users of MathML-enabled Mozilla).

  • by LordMyren (15499)
    I'm having some major issues with Bold fonts on my laptop. They simply dont look bold. I love Sans, but it refuses to look at all different in bold.

    My systems' DPI is 133, I have to give gnome a font size of 4-5 at that DPI to get the small size I want. I just lie and tell it my DPI is 66, and set the fonts to 9 and 10. But the fonts still dont "look" bold. I honestly cannot distinguish which of my Liferea feeds have been updated and which havent (bold/not bold).

    I tried a whole army of fonts, still
    • Re:Bold (Score:1, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward
      It sounds like your fonts are messed up. With Bistream Vera Sans on my system (What most systems point the Sans alias to), I can tell if the font is bold even when the letters themselves are illegible.

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