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508 ======================== Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about the Gentium Plus fonts: General ======== How do you pronounce Gentium? The preferred pronunciation is with a soft G as in 'general', not a hard one as in 'gold': JEN-tee-oom. Licensing ========= I want to use Gentium Plus in my publication - can I? Gentium Plus is released under the SIL Open Font License, which permits use for any publication, whether electronic or printed. For more answers to use questions see the OFL-FAQ. The license, alongside information specific to Gentium Plus, is in the release package. I would like to bundle Gentium Plus with my application - can I? This is our most common question. The SIL Open Font License allows bundling with applications, even commercial closed source ones, with some restrictions. See the OFL.txt file and the OFL-FAQ. Can I use the font on my web site? You can certainly create web pages that request that Gentium Plus be used to display them (both if that font is already available on the user's system or if it is delivered via @font-face). According to the license, you are also allowed to place the font on your site for people to download it. We would strongly recommend, however, that you direct users to our site to download the font. This ensures that they are always using the most recent version with bug fixes, etc. To make this easier, there is a simple URL for Gentium: http://scripts.sil.org/Gentiu m There is further important discussion of webfont issues in the OFL-FAQ. Is Gentium Plus going to stay unrestricted and available at no cost? There is no intention to ever charge users for using Gentium and its variants. The current version is licensed under a free/open license and future versions will be similarly unencumbered. Modification ============ I would like to modify Gentium Plus to add a couple of characters I need. Can I? Yes - that is allowed as long as you abide by the conditions of the
many common combinations that are not represented by a single composite. So 'o with right hook' would be entered as 'o'. The application you are using must support one of these technologies in order to see appropriate diacritic positioning. however. for a particular transcription system). Technical ========= Can you help me get Gentium Plus working on my system? We cannot afford to offer individual technical support. However. It is possible to enter these into a document. There are. So will you add glyphs upon request? If you have a special symbol that you need (say. we're not able to anticipate every possible combination. the best means of doing so will be to ensure that the symbol makes it into the Unicode Standard. Our contact address is <gentium AT sil DOT org>.txt file for more information. but we do place a high priority on adding pretty much anything that falls in certain Unicode ranges (extended Latin. I can't find all the extended Latin letters in the font. See the FONTLOG for information on becoming a contributor. Cyrillic). It is impossible for us to add every glyph that every person desires. which means that the computer stores a special. we do want to hear of any problems you encounter. but please understand that we are unlikely to add symbols where the user base is very small. then 'right hook'. and if I type more than one diacritic.SIL Open Font License. unique code for each letter in your document. Since most keyboards do not have hundreds of keys. where we hope to offer some limited help. they run into each other. Can I send you work I've done to be incorporated into Gentium Plus? Yes. Greek. Why is that? The smart diacritic positioning in Gentium Plus relies on either OpenType or Graphite. You can send us your requests. but only as individual components. Please understand that we cannot guarantee a personal response. How do I type them? Gentium Plus is Unicode-encoded. Gentium Plus includes 'smart font' support for both OpenType and Graphite. Some diacritics are not aligning well with base glyphs. Although this may not look very good in some cases. special software is needed in order to type the hundreds of special characters supported by the font. Gentium Plus has hundreds of these (the ones that are included in Unicode). See the README. Where is it? Combinations of base letters with diacritics are often called composite. unless they have been accepted into Unicode. . or pre-composed glyphs. so that we can add them to the list of bugs to fix in later releases. I can't find the 'o with right hook' in the font. The best resource is this website.
Gentium Plus also includes OpenType and Graphite features to turn low-profile diacritics on and off. This allows for correct diacritic placement over all base characters. with lots of glyphs. wide. etc. wouldn't they? From a design point of view. narrow. The easiest way to avoid this is to have the PDF distiller subset the font. It also provides for a large variety of alternates glyphs. however. Future ====== What are your future plans for Gentium Plus? Our next major effort is completing bold and bold italic weights of Gentium Plus alongside a new Gentium Book Plus family. it would be great to have these refinements. which is not included in the release. but with an expanded character and glyph repertoire. although you may notice that capitals and some tall lowercase letters do use 'low-profile' versions. I'm having problems making PDFs -. short.why won't my document distill? Gentium Plus is a large font. PDF distillers and readers can balk at PDFs that have the complete font embedded.)? Those would be nice. It currently comes with regular and italic faces. Is there an Alt version of the Basic fonts? No. and we haven't ruled . Why is the line spacing greater for the Plus fonts? In some environments. As a result. Do you plan to include other typographic enhancements (old style figures. stacked diacritics in Gentium could display as 'chopped-off'. Cyrillic and Greek. with or without descenders. Most applications do. Plus ===== How are the Gentium Plus fonts different from Gentium? This font is based on the original Gentium design. These are described on the Gentium website. It comes with near-complete support for Latin.How do I type the Greek letters? You need a Unicode-compatible keyboarding system. These new weights are currently available for Gentium Basic/Gentium Book Basic. so you can have the lines spaced precisely as you wish. let you set the line spacing explicitly. some older printers. This is generally a good idea anyway (with any font) and can reduce the size of your files. Gentium Plus has slightly wider default line spacing in order to avoid this problem. It also contains 'smart font' support for OpenType and Graphi te technologies. whether they are tall.
but please write us if this is important (and tell us why). Andika is a sans-serif font designed specifically for use in literacy programs around the world. although one of our other projects . etc.Andika . Greek and Cyrillic scripts. If you think you could contribute some of your time and effort to these enhancements.may be useful. Sans-serif? There is a definite need for a sans-serif font that shares some of Gentium's strengths -. and is available from our web site. We already provide the PostScript bÃ©zier curves in the 'designsource' files in the developer release. It would also be great if that font also harmonized well with Gentium. We do not plan to produce Type 1 versions at this time. as there are so many pressing needs in Latin. But there are other needs that are much higher priority (such as bold). . Will you be extending Gentium to cover other scripts. We don't currently have any plans for a companion face. economy of space.high readability.them out.txt file for information on becoming a contributor. see the FONTLOG. Will there be a Type 1 version? What about OpenType? Gentium Plus includes OpenType and Graphite support. and Hebrew in particular? It is very unlikely that we would do this.
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